Falk has an extraordinarily flexible baritone, with a warm, confiding lower and midrange (…) and (…) is able to characterize every word so vividly that, if he were singing in Vedic Sanskrit, you’d get the message, admires the Washington Post. The colourfulness, flexibility and authenticity in his expression are the artistic foundation of his international career as an opera singer as well as an interpreter of art song.
Along with his repertoire of early and classical music, Holger Falk has a great passion for works from contemporary music theatre. Over the last few years, he performed Wolfgang Rihm’s major roles: Jakob Lenz at the Polish National Opera Warsaw and Dionysos at the Heidelberg Theatre as well as the role of Cortez in Die Eroberung von Mexico at the Teatro Real Madrid at the invitation of Gérard Mortier. He has been nominated twice as singer of the year by Opernwelt magazine for his outstanding interpretations of Kassandra in Xenaki’s Oresteia (2017) and of Lord Byron in Wertmüller‘s world premiere DIODATI. UNENDLICH (2019) at the Theater Basel. In 2018, he made his debut at the RuhrTriennale in the role of Jean-Charles in Hans Werner Henze’s Das Floß der Medusa with the Bochum Symphony Orchestra. In 2020, he premiered the monodrama “Ein Brief” by Manfred Trojahn with the Beethoven Orchester at the Oper Bonn and were invited to the Bayerische Staatsoper for “Eight songs of a Mad King” for the digital concert hall and returned to Munich in 2022 for the role of “Thomas” of the same name opera by Georg Friedrich Haas.
For his recording of Hanns Eisler Lieder Vol. 1, the first part of a 4-CD collection of Eisler songs (MDG), he was honoured with the renown German Record Critics’ Award 2017 and the Gramophone Editor´s Choice Award. He also received the ECHO Klassik Award 2016 for his recording of Erik Satie: Intégrale des Mélodies et Chansons and released Francis Poulenc’s complete oeuvre of all 115 Mélodies for male voice (MDG). In 2017/18, his recordings of Hanns Eisler Lieder Vol. 2 and Vol. 3 have been released to great acclaim, for Vol. 3 he has been nominated for the Opus Klassik 2019 as Singer of the Year and best solo-recording vocal: Lied. In 2019/20 he release the albums “Hanns Eisler Lieder Vol. 4” (MDG) and “Il Gondoliere Veneziano” (Prospero) – A musical voyage through Venice. In his latest studio recording Falk presents songs by Arthur Honegger, who was part of the “Groupe des Six”, again on MDG Records, accompanied by Steffen Schleiermacher on the piano. The next one in this series will be songs by Darius Milhaud.
Since spring 2019, Holger Falk is Professor of Lied interpretation and performances practice for contemporary music at the renowned University for the arts Graz (Austria).