Horst Laubenthal

Horst Laubenthal (born 8 March 1939), real name Horst Neumaier,[a] is a German operatic tenor and academic voice teacher. He is known internationally, both as an opera singer especially in Mozart roles such as Belmonte, Don Ottavio and Tamino, and as a concert and recital singer, with a focus on works by Johann Sebastian Bach. He has appeared at major opera houses and festivals, including the Glyndebourne Festival and the Salzburg Festival, and made many recordings, including rarely performed works such as Korngold's Violanta.

Horst Laubenthal
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Horst Laubenthal in 2019
Horst Neumaier

(1939-03-08) 8 March 1939 (age 84)
Other names
  • Horst Neumann
  • Horst R. Laubenthal
EducationMusikhochschule München
  • Operatic tenor
  • Academic voice teacher
SpouseMarga Schiml


Horst Neumaier was born in Eisfeld, Thuringia.[1] He studied voice at the Musikhochschule München from 1960 to 1965. His teacher was Kammersänger Rudolf Laubenthal, who adopted him.[1]

Laubenthal made his debut in 1967 as Don Ottavio in Mozart's Don Giovanni at the Mozart Festival Würzburg.[1] From 1967, he was a member of the ensemble at the Staatsoper Stuttgart, from 1969 of the Theater Basel, from 1970 of the Zurich Opera, and from 1973, he worked at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.[1]

Laubenthal appeared at the Bayreuth Festival in 1970, as the steersman in Der fliegende Holländer and as Kunz Vogelgesang in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.[2] He performed as a guest internationally, in 1972 as Belmonte in Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Glyndebourne Festival, in 1977 at the Paris Opera as Tamino in his Die Zauberflöte, in 1987 at the Teatro Regio in Turin as Ottavio,[1] also at the Hamburg State Opera, Bavarian State Opera in Munich, and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.[1] At the Vienna State Opera, he performed major roles, besides his Mozart roles also David in Die Meistersinger, Lenski in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Rinucchio in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi and the title role in Pfitzner's Palestrina.[3] His roles also include the Prince in Rusalka and Wilhelm in Henze's Der junge Lord.[1]

As a lieder and concert singer, he is known especially as a Bach singer. He recorded Bach's Mass in B minor, and the tenor arias in his St John Passion and St Matthew Passion with Karl Richter.[4] He appeared at the Salzburg Festival in church concerts from 1973 to 1978, such as Mozart's Great Mass in C minor.[1] Until 2004 he was professor of voice at the Hochschule für Musik Würzburg. He is married to the mezzo-soprano Marga Schiml.[1]


Laubenthal recorded rarely played operas, such as Der Barbier von Bagdad by Peter Cornelius, singing Nurredin alongside Helen Donath and Hans Sotin, conducted by Ferdinand Leitner in 1974. A reviewer noted: "He has a mellifluous lyric tenor, ideally suited to Mozart and the lyric German tenor roles. He is also a vivid actor."[5] In a 1980 recording of Korngold's Violanta, he sang the role of Giovanni Bracca alongside Eva Marton in the title role and Siegfried Jerusalem as Alfonso, conducted by Marek Janowski.[6]

Recordings with Laubenthal are held by the German National Library, including:[7]


  1. ^ Karl J. Kutsch/Leo Riemens: Großes Sängerlexikon gives as birth name Horst Neumann.[1] According to other sources, however, Horst Neumeier is the correct officially documented birth name.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Kutsch, K. J.; Riemens, Leo (2012). Laubenthal, Horst. Großes Sängerlexikon (in German) (4 ed.). Walter de Gruyter. pp. 2628–2629. ISBN 978-3-59-844088-5.
  2. ^ "Horst Laubenthal" (in German). Bayreuth Festival. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Vorstellungen mit Horst Laubenthal" (in German). Vienna State Opera. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Karl Richter & Münchener Bach-Chor & Bach-Orchester / Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works / Recordings – Part 2". Bach Cantatas Website. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  5. ^ Forsling, Göran (August 2008). "Peter Cornelius (1824–1874) / Der Barbier von Bagdad". musicweb-international.com. Retrieved 26 July 2010.
  6. ^ Martell, Victor (July 2003). "Erich Wolfgang Korngold – Violanta". musicweb-international.com. Retrieved 26 July 2010.
  7. ^ "Aufnahmen mit Horst Laubenthal" (in German). German National Library. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  8. ^ There are 132 recordings of Fidelio by Ludwig Van Beethoven on file operadis-opera-discography.org
  9. ^ Recordings on JPc

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