from celebrated soprano soloist to countertenor

Alois Mühlbacher

Almost seamlessly the career of Alois Mühlbacher pursued from the young soprano soloist to countertenor range. He sang at the opening gala of the new opera building in Wladiwostok, the New Year’s Concert of the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg under Ivor Bolton and Daniel in the oratorio “Susanna” under Martin Haselböck at the Musikverein in Vienna. In December 2016, he was alto soloist of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in Munich. At the Musikverein in Vienna he performed in Bach’s B minor Mass, the “Matthäuspassion” and the “Johannespassion”. Latter has also been presented in Los Angeles and Mexiko. Furthermore he sang at the festival “Resonanzen” at the Wiener Konzerthaus.

Resulting from a longstanding collaboration with the ensemble Ars Antiqua Austria and Gunar Letzbor there are numerous CD recordings with mainly Austrian baroque music, documenting his voice from the age of a choirboy until today.

Alois Mühlbacher particularly loves the Lied and he already gave many recitals together with his piano partner Franz Farnberger. His distinctive, smooth, and versatile voice timbre enables him to sing a broad and quite unusual repertoire for countertenors ranging from Schubert to Richard Strauss.

Alois Mühlbacher, born 1995 in Austria, already attracted attention as a soloist of the St. Florian Boys’ Choir. Spectacular CD recordings include arias like Queen of the Night, Zerbinetta as well as Lieder by Gustav Mahler. He was able to celebrate considerable success on the stages of international halls. In the Salzburger Festspielhaus he sang the soprano solo of Mahlers 4th symphony and in Tokyo he performed as Yniold in “Pelles et Melisande”. Franz Welser-Möst – “I never heard a boy’s voice like this before.” – and Joan Hollender engaged the 15-year-old as Young Shepherd in “Tannhäuser” at the Viennese State Opera. Later he there sang Oberto in “Alcina” under the direction of Marc Minkowski. In René Jacob’s CD recording of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” he is the First Boy.

Alois Mühlbacher is living in Vienna.

October 2020