Voice group: Alto
In the course of her singing career, mezzo-soprano Gabriele Weinfurter has performed in virtually every musical style, from light music to serious works. Starting at the age of five, she sang Bavarian folk music as part of a trio with her two sisters. From among the many choruses of which she was a member in her youth, special emphasis is due to the Münchener Bach-Chor in which she sang for over 10 years under the direction of Karl Richter. While still a student of school music and solo singing at the Musikhochschule in Munich, she was engaged as a member of the Bavarian Radio Chorus in 1983.
Gabriele Weinfurtner regards her main activity as the interpretation of Early Music, an interest she also pursued in a course with Nikolaus Harnoncourt. However she is just as enthusiastic about modern music running all the way to jazz. These styles offer her plenty of opportunity to indulge her fondness for ensemble singing, which she has been able to nurture as a member of several different vocal ensembles.
Her teaching activities are also inseparable from Gabriele Weinfurtner’s work as a singer, likewise her work directing choruses and ensembles. In this context, she served as a vocal instructor at the Universität Augsburg and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich, besides which she served as choral conductor at the Musikschule Garmisch-Partenkirchen since 1993. The singer’s solo work in concert has come to the fore in performances of works ranging from Monteverdi’s “Vespro della beata vergine” to the oratorios of Bach, Händel and Haydn, the sacred compositions of Mozart and Mendelssohn all the way to contemporary compositions also including a number of song recitals.
Since 1990, Gabriele Weinfurter has been a mezzo-soprano soloist at the Oberammergauer Passionsspiele and further theatrical events in the Passionstheater Oberammergau.