Reiner Goldberg

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Reiner Goldberg singsDie Walküre: Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond

Reiner Goldberg performed with the world's best opera companies and orchestras under the direction of the most renowned conductors. He was born on October 17th, 1939 in Crostau. Goldberg studied at the conservatory of Dresden with Arno Schellenberg.

The singer made his debut in 1966 with the touring Landesbühnen Sachsen (Tabarro). He began his career at the Semperoper Dresden in 1973. He appeared at the Metropolitan Opera, New York (1991/92), the State Opera in Vienna (where he caused an enormous scandal when he lost his voice in the first act of a Tannhäuser premiere on 16 October 1982, and had to be replaced by Spas Wenkoff), Covent Garden, London, La Scala, Milan, and the state operas in Berlin, Leipzig, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart and Frankfurt. He performed at Teatro dell'Opera, Rome, Opéra, Paris, Bolshoj, Moscow, and the opera house in Tokyo, among others. Reiner Goldberg made his debut in Bayreuth in 1986 and performed leading roles in Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung. has also performed in Tannhäuser, Lohengrin, Rienzi, Parsifal, Tristan und Isolde and Der fliegende Holländer in Bayreuth. In 1992, Reiner Goldberg gave his Carnegie Hall debut in the title role of Rienzi under the direction of Eve Queler. His Deutsche Grammophon recording of the title role in Wagner's Siegfried, with Kathleen Battle, Hildegard Behrens, James Morris, Heinz Zednik and other singers of the Metropolitan Opera under James Levine won a Grammy Award in 1992. Goldberg was also recorded on CD (Philips) in the role of Florestan in Beethoven's Fidelio with Jessye Norman, Kurt Moll, Ekkehard Wlaschiha and the Staatskapelle Dresden under the baton of Bernard Haitink. In 1995, Goldberg received the Special Music Award for the title role of Aron in a live recording of Arnold Schönberg's Moses und Aron with the Tokyo Symphony under Kazuyoshi Akiyama at Suntory Hall in Tokyo.

I would like to thank Vladimir Efimenko for the recording, notes and picture.

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