Voice group: Tenor
Born in Penzberg, Upper Bavaria, in 1989, Nikolaus Pfannkuch began taking voice lessons at the age of 16 and entered into the Bavarian Singing Academy, a state-wide foundation for the advancement of young talent, in 2006. Since completing his bachelor’s degree with Reginaldo Pinheiro and his master’s degree with Katharina Kutsch at Freiburg University of Music, he has continued his studies there toward a performance degree with Katharina Kutsch and Markus Eiche, rounding off his training in master-classes with Brigitte Fassbaender, Ton Koopman, Pauliina Tukiainen, Kai Wessel and François-Xavier Roth.
In November 2015 he sang Eurillo in Scarlatti’s opera “Gli equivoci nel sembiante” at the Hessian State Theatre in Wiesbaden, and in 2016 he appeared at the Berlin Philharmonic’s Easter Festival, singing Cecco in Haydns “Il Mondo della Luna” in Baden-Baden Theatre. He also sang Belfiore in Mozart’s “La finta giardiniera” and Giocondo in Rossini’s “La pietra del paragone” at the Freiburg University Opera School as well as Testo in Monteverdi’s “Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda” and Roderich in Künneke’s operetta “Der Vetter aus Dingsda” in co-productions with Freiburg Theatre and Freiburg University of Music. The 2017-18 season featured him as the tenor Tony Candolino in Terrence McNally’s play “Master Class” at Karlsruhe Theatre.
Besides lieder and opera, his repertoire also has a strong focus on oratorios, including Handel’s “Messiah” and “Saul”, Haydn’s “The Creation” and “The Seasons”, Mendelssohn’s “Lobgesang”-Symphony, Keiser’s “St Mark Passion” and Bach’s Passions, cantatas and “Christmas Oratorio”.
He has been a member of the Bavarian Radio Chorus since the beginning of the 2018/19 season.