Constantin Walderdorff, Bass - Baritone
Constantin Walderdorff’s musical training began with the study of clarinet at the Music University Wuerzburg in Germany, in the class of Prof. Frank Ullrich Wurlitzer and at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Austria, in the class of Prof. Alfred Prinz. After finishing his studies, he received a concert diploma from the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. During his last two years at university in Vienna, Graf von Walderdorff took private singing lessons with Prof. K. H. Tuttner. At the same time, he received continuous requests, from both home and abroad, to play the clarinet for chamber music and solo recitals.
After finishing his instrumental studies, he eventually decided to dedicate himself entirely to singing and enrolled himself in the Opera School of the Vienna Conservatory under K.S. Waldemar Kmentt and in the class for “Lied und Oratorium” of Prof. David Lutz.
Additionally, Mr. Walderdorff took lessons and attended master courses with Josef Metternich, Giorgio Zancanaro, Constantin Zacharia, Ludmilla Ivanov, Marta Lantieri, Susanna Ghione, and K.S. Wicus Slabbert.
Walderdorff’s operatic repertoire consists of the lyrical and character baritone and bass-baritone roles. He sang Mozart’s Count Almaviva in “Le Nozze di Figaro” and Guglielmo in “Cosi fan tutte”, Rossini’s Barber of Seville and the composer’s Dandini in “La Cenerentola”, as well as Belcore in Donizetti’s “L’elisir d’amore”, father Germont in Verdis “La Traviata”, Renato in Verdis “Un ballo in maschera” and Harlekin in Strauss “Ariadne auf Naxos”.
Along with his operatic repertoire, Walderdorff is also pursuing his love of the German Lied by performing regular recitals in Germany, Austria, the United States, and Japan with works by Beethoven (all Lieder), Schubert (Winterreise, Schwanengesang, Die schöne Müllerin), Schumann (Liederkreis Op. 39, Dichterliebe Op. 48), Wolf, Brahms, Mahler (Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen), Strauß, Schreker, Roy, accompanied from Pianists like Kristin Okerlund, Jochen Köhler or David Lutz.
Walderdorff’s repertoire also includes the Bass and Bass-Baritone parts in Bachs “Christmas Oratorio”, Beethoven‘s “9th Symphony”, Brahms “German Requiem”, Mendelssohn Bartholdy‘s “Paulus” as well as several of masses and oratorios.
Constantin Walderdorff and Kristin Okerlund have formed a strong connection and long musical friendship. Along with performing many concerts together, they also released a CD with Franz Schubert‘s “Winterreise” in 2004.