German Diction

Herrand Melzer, baritone, has sung in master classes with Peter Schreier and Charles Spencer and was admitted to master classes with Brigitte Fassbaender and Christian Gerhaher. In 2006, he participated in the Europäisches Liedforum in Berlin. Recent awards include the St.-Marienkirche Prize. He pursued studies in Solo Voice, Music Education and Vocal Pedagogy at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, and received his diplomas with distinction in all three fields. Operatic appearances are among others Die Fledermaus and Der Vogelhändler, the roles of Cascada in Die lustige Witwe and Papageno/the Count in the Leoben Stadtheater’s production of Mozart – meine Liebe. He has also sung the part of Johannes in a staged performance of the St. John Passion and he created the role of Michael the Archangel in the world premier of Juri Geworkian’s opera Tarot. Mr. Melzer has given recitals throughout Austria and Germany, and was a finalist in the 2008 International Johannes Brahms Competition at Pörtschach.

In vocal and pedagogic studies with David L. Jones, Mr. Melzer reached a deeper understanding of teaching voice and singing. His recent achievement as a vocal coach is the 1st Prize in the Austrian Competition Prima la musica with a young student.