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. Furthermore, he has premiered many new roles that have been written for him. These include Inga in The Golden Dragon by Peter Eötvös at the Oper Frankfurt and later-on at the Bregenz Festival as well as Lucifer in Eötvös’ Paradise Reloaded at the Palace of Arts–Müpa Budapest. He sang the world premieres of Miroslav Srnka’s Make No Noise at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Benoit Mernier’s Frühlings Erwachen at La Monnaie Brussels, Michael Wertmüller’s Weine nicht, singe! at the Staatsoper Hamburg as well as in new works by Steffen Schleiermacher (Kokain), Jan Müller-Wieland (Die Irre), Hans Gefors (Schattenspiele), Vladimir Tarnopolski (Jenseits der Schatten), Beat Furrer (La biancha notte), Fabián Panisello (L ́officina della resurrezione)and Georges Aperghis (Le Soldat inconnu). 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.
Holger Falk is an enthusiastic singer of Lieder and has performed at the Kölner Philharmonie, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Konzerthaus Berlin, Heidelberger Frühling, Schwetzingen SWR Festival, Dresden Music Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Rheingau Music Festival, Palais des Beaux-Arts Bruxelles, Franz Liszt Academy Budapest, Wiener Konzerthaus, Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ Amsterdam, Megaron Athens as well as at the Frick Collection NYC and Phillips Collection Washington i.a..
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. Since the season 2019/20, his latest CDs Hanns Eisler Lieder Vol. 4 (MDG) and Il Gondoliere Veneziano (Prospero) – A musical voyage through Venice are available.
In the season 20/21, Holger Falk will sing recitals at the Pierre Boulez Saal Berlin, deSingel Antwerp, the Wiener Konzerthaus, the Musikfestspiele Potsdam and the Bodenseefestival i.a..
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).