"...setzt seinen attraktiven Bariton gewinnbringend ein"
- Das Opernglas
- Frankfurter Rundschau
"...wielded a beautifully sonorous baritone..."
The Austrian baritone Liviu Holender has been a member of the Frankfurt Opera since the 2019/2020 season and can be heard this season as Henrik (Die Maskerade), Marullo (Rigoletto) and Marco (Gianni Schicchi), among others.
Upcoming engagements include two major house debuts in Italy: First at Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in the role of Falke (Die Fledermaus) under the baton of Zubin Mehta and Harlekin (Ariadne auf Naxos) with Daniele Gatti. As well as his Teatro alla Scala debut in the role of Silvano (Un Ballo in Maschera).
At the Tiroler Festspiele Erl he was scheduled to appear on stage as Dottore Malatesta in Don Pasquale, but the production was postponed because of the corona pandemic.
Further engagements include a recital at the Schubertiade Hohenems, Mahler’s Lieder at the Philharmonie de Paris, Brahms Requiem at the Sinfonieorchester Basel with Marek Janowski and the Tokyo Spring Festival as Heerrufer in Lohengrin.
In his first two seasons at the Frankfurt Opera he has appeared as Conte Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro), Leone (Tarmerlano), Steuermann (Tristan und Isolde), Moralès/Dancaïro (Carmen) and Marullo (Rigoletto). He also appeared as a Conte Almaviva at the Latvian National Opera in Riga.
From 2017 to 2019 Liviu Holender was a member of the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich. There he sang roles such as Count Eberbach (Der Wildschütz), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Schaunard (La Bohème) and Justizrat Hasentreff (Der Junge Lord). He has also appeared as Marullo at the Bregenz Festival 2019, as Silvio (Pagliacci) and Conte Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) at the National Opera Bucharest in 2018. As a participant in the Young Singers Project, Liviu Holender sang Papageno in Die Zauberflöte for children at the 2018 Salzburg Festival.
In the 2018/2019 season he sang Mahler’s Lieder Des Knaben Wunderhorn with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra under Frederic Chaslin. He also performed in recitals with the pianist Matthias Fletzberger at the Lower Austrian Serenade Concerts, the International Theatre Festival in Sibiu (Romania) and in 2019 at the Sofia Philharmonic Hall.
At the Volksoper in Vienna he made his debut in the 2016/2017 season as Freddy Eynsford-Hill in My Fair Lady. In previous years he made his debut as Dr. Falke in a production of the Vienna University of Music at the Schoenbrunn Palace Theatre and performed as Count Almaviva at the Romanian National Operas in Timișoara and Bucharest.
Liviu Holender studied piano at the Vienna Conservatory and clarinet at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. At the national competition “Prima la musica” he won first place with distinction in the chamber music category. He was a member of the opera school for children at the Vienna State Opera, where he performed, among other things, as Shepherd in Tosca. He completed his Masters degree in vocal performance with Karlheinz Hanser at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts. He also studied law at the University of Vienna.