The countertenor Nils Wanderer studied singing at the University of Music in Weimar in the class of Prof. Siegfried Gohritz. Since September 2019 he has been a member of the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, where he studies with Professor Andrew Watts.
As the winner of the Young Artist Awards of the Barbican Center in London, he receives a full scholarship for his studies and regularly gives concerts at the Barbican Concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra and London Symphony Chorus. Nils Wanderer worked in master classes with Vivicagenaux, Emma Kirkby, Karina Gauvin, Patricia Pace, Karl-Peter Kammerlander and Axel Köhler. A close cooperation connects him with the alto Matthias Rexroth, who looks after him vocally.
As a soloist, Nils Wanderer appears regularly with orchestras such as la follia Augsburg, Lautencompagney Berlin, Barockorchester Karlsruhe, La Sfera Armoniosa Amsterdam, Staatskapelle Weimar, Jena Philharmonic on stages such as the Teatro Massimo Palermo, Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar, De Nederlandse Reisopera, Staatsschauspiel Dresden, Baroque Theater Gotha, Bonn Opera, Chemnitz Theater, festivals such as the Festival de Música Antigua de Sevilla, Maulbronner Klosterkonzerte, Festival Perigord Noir, Klassik Sommer Hamm and on concert platforms such as the Philharmonie de Paris, L’Auditori Barcelona, la Chapelle Royale de Versailles, St. Thomas Church Leipzig, Wigmore Hall and Barbican Center in London under the direction of conductors such as Jordi Savall, Kent Nagano, Andreas Spering, Jürgen Budday, Simon Harley and others.
As an opera singer, his repertoire includes the roles of Sorceress and Spirit in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Orlofsky in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Rinaldo in Handel’s Rinaldo, Baba the Turk in Stravinsky’s The Rakes Progress, The Boy and Angel 1 in Benjamin’s Written on Skin and Oberon in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
As an oratorio and concert singer, he interpreted Handel’s Messiah, Belshazzar, Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno, Dixit Dominus, Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater and Nisi Dominus, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Bach’s Mass in B minor, Magnificat, St. Matthew Passion, St. John Passion, various cantatas, Christmas Oratorio and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. As a lieder singer, he presented Schumann’s Liederkreis Opus 39, Schubert’s Winterreise, Elgars Sea Pictures, Debussy’s Fêtes Galantes and various songs by Quilter, Barber, Wolf and Strauss with accompanists such as Thomas Steinhöfel, Graham Johnson and Ian Burnside.
Nils Wanderer won the International Asian Singing Competition and received the gold medal as the first countertenor in the history of the competition. He also won first prize at the Handel Competition in Karlsruhe, both in the solo category as a singer and in the “Ensemble” category as a flautist. Over the past few years several world premieres have been written for the countertenor: With his Ensemble Counterwerk (collaboration of the percussion duo Jessica and Vanessa Porter with him as singer and dancer) he performed these works in the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and in the Wigmore Hall London for the performance. In addition to his singing career, Nils Wanderer works as an actor, choreographer for theater and film and is the artistic director of the baroque ensemble MERIDIES.
Current engagements in the 2019/2020 season include L’Orfeo with De Nederlandse Reisopera (as singer and dancer), concert tour as a soloist with Jordi Savall and the St. Matthew Passion in Barcelona, Versailles, Paris, CD release of the St. Matthew Passion with Jordi Savall, Mass in B minor under the direction of Andreas Spering at the Festival de Música Antigua in Seville, his own production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas as director, choreographer and singer with the Karlsruhe Baroque Orchestra at the Maulbronn monastery concerts, recitals and solo concerts at Klassik Sommer Hamm, Wigmore Hall London, Concerthall Lodź, AIDS-GALA Opera Bonn, soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana in the Barbican Center and concerts with Bach’s St. John Passion in the Thomaskirche Leipzig, Bachkirche Arnstadt, Münster Bonn and Bauzner Dom.
He was invited by Edith Wiens to the International Meistersinger Academy in Neumarkt / Oberpfalz 2020.