Tenor Hans-Werner Bunz (†)
Tenor Hans-Werner Bunz was born in Kempten in the Allgäu region of Southern Germany - his vocal talent was discovered while he was still quite young. He was a member of the Windsbach Boys' Choir, with which he also appeared as a soloist, and sang in Arthur Gross's choruses in Marktoberdorf. After graduating from secondary school, he studied voice at the Academy of Music in Munich, and at the early age of 21, he was awarded a grant from the German Theatre Society.
Starting in his student years, Hans-Werner Bunz has sung a large number of concerts at home and abroad, has frequently been a guest artist on international stages throughout Europe. He has, however, also concertized in the Near and Far East, frequently in works by Carl Orff, of which his interpretation of the swan in "Carmina Burana" is worthy of special mention.
The tenor's main area of activity is in the concert and oratorio repertoire. singing compositions ranging from Bach to the modern era. He prepares many of these roles under the direction of Roderich Kreile, the current director of the Dresden Kreuzchor. He has made a number of recordings for Bavarian Broadcasting, Hessian Radio and Radio Free Berlin. as well as commercial recordings, such as his 1999 performance of a work by Wilfried Hiller, "Der Geigenspieler" ("The Fiddle Player"), in which, at the special request of the composer, he sang the title role.
Likewise, Hans Werner Bunz is often the interpreter of choice for world premières. He sang the tenor solo in the world première of the work "Eos" by Paul Engel, and also performed a principal role in the first concert performance of Wilfried Hiller's opera "Eduard auf dem Seil" ("Eduard on the Tight Rope") on October 31, 1999 in the Herkulessaal in the Munich Residence under the direction of Werner Seitzer, in a cast that also included Simone Schneider, Annette Seiltgen, Hans Günter Nöcker, Simon Pauly and Clæs Håkan Ahnsjö in the title role.
Hans-Werner Bunz has very successfully performed the role of the swan at La Scala Milan along with Martina Rüpping and Ludovic Tézier in three concerts in February and March of 2004 under the direction of Riccardo Muti. In January of 2005 he sang in further performances of "Carmina Burana" with Desirée Randatore, Dietrich Henschel and Anthony Michaels-Moore and the Orchestre National de France at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, also under the direction of Maestro Muti. In April 2010 there followed two further successful "Carmina" performances with the Chor and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks under the direction of Daniel Harding. Deutsche Grammophon released these concerts as live performance CD's in August of 2010. Here Hans-Werner Bunz can be heard with Patricia Petibon and Christian Gerhaher. The roasted swan accompanied the tenor through the year 2011, during which he first sang it in Munich / Gasteig and Stuttgard / Liederhalle, then in June at five concerts at the Orff Festival in Andechs. In September there followed appearances at the renowned MiTo Festival in Turin and Milan with audiences of up to 10,000 people.
In 2012 as well there were a number of appearances in his special role, crowned by the two opening concerts of the internationally renowned Rheingau Music Festival along with soprano Olga Peretyako and baritone Jochen Kupfer as well as the Hessian Radio Orchestra under the direction of Paavo Järvi. These concerts were broadcast live on radio throughout the European Broadcasting Union area, telecast live on Hessian Television, and then at a later date on 3 Sat.
Critics everywhere were unanimous in their enthusiasm for Bunz's interpretation of the swan.
At the conclusion of his successful year in 2012, tenor Hans Werner Bunz once again sang the role of his life on December 2, 2012, at the Philharmonie in the Gasteig in Munich along with Seree Su, soprano, and the baritone Mljenko Turk, accompanied by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra of Prague under the direction of Olivier Tardy.
Hans Werner Bunz passed away on December 25, 2013.
As of: December 31, 2012