The baritone Yaron Windmüller, born in Israel, covers a wide-ranging musical repertoire encompassing, in the recital and concert arena, works ranging from the pre-classical period, classical and romantic compositions, to those of the 21st century and, in the field of opera, both lyrical and character parts. His close collaborative relationship with composers such as Reimann, Hosokawa, Bialas, Eggert, Rihm, von Bose and others have seen him engaged on repeated occasions to take part in the first performance of many of their new works. On the opera stage, Yaron Windmüller is noted for his intensive interaction with whichever rôle he is playing at the given time. These have recently included Kovalyov in Shostakovich’s The Nose, the title-rôle in Berg’s Wozzeck, Edgar in Hosokawa’s Vision of Lear, Paolo in Verdi’s Simone Boccanegra, Don Alfonso in Mozart’s Cosı` fan tutte, Orfeo in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice and Tomsky in Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame.
Yaron Windmüller’s operatic career was launched in the opera studios of the Bavarian National Theatre in Munich in 1981, a period followed by an engagement at the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich as well as guest contracts at, among others, Brunswick State Theatre and opera houses in Augsburg, Bonn, London, Tokyo, Wellington, Tel Aviv, Leeds, Frankfurt and Saarbrücken. He has worked with many conductors including Sergiu Celibidache, Zubin Mehta, Gary Bertini, Helmuth Rilling, Christoph Eschenbach, Günther Herbig and Peter Eötvös, as well as with directors such as Jaroslav Chundela, Stephen Lawless, Tadashi Suzuki, and Peter Baumgardt. As a recital performer he has been accompanied by Christoph Eschenbach, Robert Levin and Axel Bauni. As part of the culture and events programme held in the German Pavilion at EXPO 2000 in Hanover, he was responsible, with Axel Bauni, for the planning of the Lied: Strahl project week that was devoted to the field of Art Song. His recent recordings include: Darius Milhaud’s Service Sacré, Moritz Eggert’s Neue Dichterlieben, Wolfgang Rihm’s Lieder, Théodore Gouvy’s Lieder, Viktor Ullmann’s Lieder, Günter Bialas’s Aus der Matratzengruft, Boris Blacher’s Lieder and Verdi’s Simone Boccanegra. Since 1997 Yaron Windmüller has worked as a professor of music and theatre at Saarland University, and from 2001 to 2004 was also head of the operatic studios of the New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv.