Christoph Prégardien (born 18 January 1956) is a German lyric tenor whose career is closely associated with the roles in Mozart operas, as well as performances of Lieder, oratorio roles, and Baroque music. He is well known for his performances and recordings of the Evangelist roles in Bach's St John Passion and St Matthew Passion.

Born in Limburg an der Lahn, Germany, he began his musical education as a choirboy at the cathedral's boys' choir, the Limburger Domsingknaben. He then studied singing with Martin Gründler and Karlheinz Jarius in Frankfurt at the Hochschule für Musik, with Carla Castellani in Milan, with Alois Treml in Stuttgart, and attended Hartmut Höll's lieder-class.

His orchestral and oratorio repertory spans a wide range from the great Baroque, Classical and Romantic Oratorios to 20th-century works by Britten, Killmayer, Rihm, and Stravinsky. Also recognized as an eminent recitalist, he regularly performs at the major recital venues in Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, Cologne, Amsterdam, Salzburg, Zurich, Vienna, Barcelona and Geneva, as well as during his concert tours throughout Italy, Japan and North America. He regularly collaborates with piano partners Michael Gees and Andreas Staier.

He has made over 120 recordings, on major labels such as BMG, EMI, Deutsche Grammophon, Philips, Sony, Erato and Teldec. His recordings of German Lieder have been highly acclaimed by the public and press, and have received international awards, including the Orphée d'Or de l'Academie du Disque Lyrique, the Edison Award, and others. He took part in the project of Ton Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir to record Bach's complete vocal works.

In opera, Prégardien has made stage appearances in major European houses, performing leading roles as Tamino, Don Ottavio, Tito, Count Almaviva, Fenton, and Monteverdi's Ulisse.

Prégardien is also an educator. From 2000 to 2005, he was in charge of a vocal class at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Zurich. Since the autumn of 2004, he has been a professor at the Hochschule für Musik Köln. Among his students is Ulrich Cordes. His son, Julian Prégardien (b. 1984), is also a tenor.

In 2018, Christoph Prégardien recorded his first cd as a baritone singer, performing cantatas by Bach and Telemann.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 Cantates Buxtehude; Schlick, Frimmer, Chance, Jacobs, Pregardien, Kooy, Hannover Knabenchor, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Ton Koopman 1
1990 Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 J.S. Bach; Christoph Prégardien, Harry van der Kamp, La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken 1
1992 Sinfonietta, op. 1 / Serenade, op. 31 / Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal / Nocturne, op. 60 Benjamin Britten; Christoph Prégardien, Ib Lanzky-Otto, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Osmo Vänskä 1
1992 Die schöne Müllerin Franz Schubert; Christoph Prégardien, Andreas Staier 1
1992 Die Auferstehung und Himmelfahrt Jesu C. P. E. Bach; Hillevi Martinpelto, Christoph Prégardien, Peter Harvey, Collegium Vocale, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Philippe Herreweghe 1
1993 St. John Passion Johann Sebastian Bach; Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Annegeer Stumphius, James Bowman, Van der Meel, Christoph Prégardien, Kristinn Sigmundsson, Peter Kooij, Netherlands Chamber Choir, Frans Brüggen 1
1994 Lieder nach gedichten von Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Schubert; Christoph Prégardien, Andreas Staier 1
1994 Lieder nach Gedichten von Heinrich Heine / Songs to Poems By Heinrich Heine Christoph Prégardien & Andreas Staier 1
1994 Regina coeli, K. 108 / Litaniae lauretanae, K. 109 / Benedictus sit deus, K. 117 / Te deum laudamus, K. 141 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Bonney, Margiono, Mei, von Magnus, Azesberger, Heilmann, Prégardien, van der Walt, Cachemaille, Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Nikolaus Harnoncourt 1
1995 The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Volume 23: Songs of 1816 Franz Schubert; Christoph Prégardien, Graham Johnson 1
1995 Cantatas with Violoncello Piccolo Johann Sebastian Bach; Barbara Schlick, Andreas Scholl, Christoph Prégardien, Gotthold Schwarz, Das Leipziger Concerto Vocale, Ensemble Baroque de Limoges, Christophe Coin 2
1996 Lieder von Abschied und Reise Franz Schubert; Christoph Prégardien, Michael Gees 1
1997 Winterreise Schubert; Christoph Prégardien, Andreas Staier 1
1997 Requiem / Maurerische Trauermusik Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Diana Montague, Michael Chance, Christoph Prégardien, Franz-Josef Selig, Kölner Kammerchor, Collegium Cartusianum, Peter Neumann, Sir Roger Norrington 1
1998 Messe BWV 232 h-moll Johann Sebastian Bach; Invernizzi, Dawson, Banditelli, Prégardien, Mertens, Coro della Radio Svizzera, Lugano, Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca, Diego Fasolis 1
1999 Weihnachts-Oratorium Johann Sebastian Bach; Thomanerchor Leipzig, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Barbara Schlick, Christoph Prégardien, Klaus Mertens, Georg Christoph Biller 1
2000 Matthäus-Passion BWV 244 Johann Sebastian Bach; Christoph Prégardien, Matthias Goerne, Christine Schäfer, Dorothea Röschmann, Bernarda Fink, Elisabeth von Magnus, Michael Schade, Markus Schäfer, Dietrich Henschel, Oliver Widmer, Arnold Schönberg Chor, Wiener Sängerknaben, Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt 3
2000 Deus Passus: Passions-Stücke nach Lukas Wolfgang Rihm; Juliane Banse, Iris Vermillion, Cornelia Kallisch, Christoph Prégardien, Andreas Schmidt, Gächinger Kantorei, Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1
2003 Cantatas & Masses J S Bach; Barbara Schlick, Agnès Mellon, Gérard Lesne, Charles Brett, Howard Crook, Christoph Prégardien, Peter Kooy, Collegium Vocale Gent, Philippe Herreweghe 1
2008 Die schöne Müllerin Franz Schubert; Christoph Prégardien, Michael Gees 1
2009 Between Life and Death (Songs and Arias) Christoph Prégardien & Michael Gees 1
2011 Wanderer Schumann, Killmayer, Mahler; Christoph Prégardien, Ensemble Kontraste 1
2013 Orchestral Songs Mahler, Rihm; Christoph Prégardien, Bochumer Symphoniker, Steven Sloane 1
2014 Father and Son Christoph & Julian Prégardien, Michael Gees 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Follow Goethe Christoph Prégardien, Michael Gees 1
2015 Complete Masses Schubert; Kari Lövaas, Soile Isokoski, Hilke Helling, Christoph Prégardien, Virtuosi di Praga, Wiener Kammerchor, Bach Collegium Berlin, Kammerchor Stuttgart 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2009 Symphony no. 2 Lobgesang Mendelssohn; Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Choir, Edvard Grieg Kor, The Danish National Vocal Ensemble / DR, Judith Howarth, Jennifer Larmore, Christoph Prégardien, Andrew Litton 1
2018 Cantatas for Baritone Bach, Telemann; Christoph Prégardien, Vox Orchester, Lorenzo Ghirlanda 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Grabmusik, K. 42 / Regina coeli, K. 127 / Ave verum corpus, K. 618 Mozart; Hampson, McNair, Bonney, Margiono, Prégardien, Von Magnus, Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt 1
2013 Winterreise Franz Schubert; Christoph Prégardien, Michael Gees 1

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