„...the "Beauty" (La Bellezza) finds a great interpretation in Philipp Mathmann through his versatile and colorful voice. The numerous faces of the Beauty – from the girl and the immoral old Lady to the young and later demented monk are acted out (by Philipp Mathmann) brilliantly.“ - OPERNWELT; Alexej Parin – July 2018
„Philipp Mathmann dominates the scene with his light and virtuous Countertenor voice.“ - Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ); Werner M. Grimmel – 10th of July 2018
Articles like these leave no doubt that Philipp Mathmann is establishing himself in the international Concert- and Opera business. The young German countertenor lives in Berlin, grew up in Lippstadt, Germany, and had his first lessons as a countertenor with Heike Hallaschka in Muenster. Since 2010, he has undertaken voice training with Renate Faltin (Hanns Eisler Musikhochschule, Berlin), and, since 2016, has had additional lessons with Annette Goeres (Berlin). He also received valuable inputs to his training from Ingeborg Danz, Kai Wessel and Barbara Schlick (Cologne), Antonio Lemmo (Rome), Nicholas Clapton and Dame Emma Kirkby (London). He was a scholar of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, the College of Music and Dance in Cologne, and the College of Music in Detmold.
During his studies, Mathmann was awarded the German National Prize Jugend Musiziert, and at the 2011 Giulio Perotti Singing Competition was honoured with not only a first prize, but an ‘extraordinary recognition’ for the best performance in the field of concert and oratorio.
Mathmann performs regularly at international European festivals such as Winter in Schwetzingen; Bremer Musikfest; Festival Oude Muziek in Utrecht; MAfestival in Bruges, Festival della valle d’itria in Martina Franca, International Händelfestspiele in Göttingen and Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, Styriarte in Graz, the Händel-Festival Halle. He sang concerts at venues like the Tonhalle Concert Hall in Dusseldorf, at Frankfurt Opera, TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht, Theater an der Wien in Vienna, etc.
In 2011, Mathmann made his opera debut at the Château Sanssouci in Potsdam. Since, he has continued to enjoy leading opera roles, for example, he performed at the Opera of Heidelberg, the Opera of Winterthur (2017), at the Tage der Alten Musik of the Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR; in 2016). In 2017 he made his debut as a recording artist, performing in the world premiere recording of F. X. Richter’s oratorio La deposizione della croce di Gesu Cristo with the Czech Ensemble Baroque. In 2018, he gave his debut in Russia singing the main role La Bellezza in a fully staged production of Il Trionfo del Tempo at the Stanislavsky Theatre in Moscow. He was the first countertenor ever to perform this soprano main role and got nominated for it as best actor in Russia for the Golden Mask Award in 2019.
Mathmann has participated in many productions for broadcast, working with organisations including ARTE, Hessischer Rundfunk, WDR, and Dutch Classical Radio (NPO Radio 4) together with great musicians and conductors such as Chistophe Rousset, George Petrou, Philipp Chizhevskiy, Dorothee Oberlinger or Diego Fasolis.
With several world premiere recordings, the male soprano / Countertenor Philipp Mathmann releases his first solo album. Rich in the different colours of loves torment Philipp Mathmann brings the listener back to a time of deep musical expression and emotion. From the edge of the voice in the most defined pianissimo to burning coloratura arias he pictures the Tormenti d'Amore together with the specialist ensemble for Early Music Capella Jenensis conducted by Gerd Amelung on the double CD at hand.Anton Ulrich of Saxe-Meiningen travelled to Vienna in 1724 – a fruitful journey according to the Meiningen Music Archive. The youngest son of Duke Bernhard became deeply immersed in the musical life of the city, and during the following times, he had copies made of music he found interesting – not necessarily to have them performed, but more to have them sent to the ducal treasure chest. In this way, an important collection was established of 107 manuscripts with a total of 297 vocal compositions from Vienna’s music scene composed between 1710 and 1740, of which several exclusively exist in the Meiningen Archive. Of the more than 170 cantatas in this collection, four are recorded here, three of which can only be found in this archive. Furthermore, there are two sonatas by Johann Adolf Hasse and two sinfonias published under his name, too. However, the latest musicological research has concluded that the sinfonias were actually written by Paolo Scalabrini, Court Conductor in Copenhagen.
Hasse, Porsile, Reutter
Franz Xaver Richter