Tilman Lichdi grew up near Heilbronn, Germany, and started his first singing lessons at the age of eighteen with Alois Treml of the Staatstheater Stuttgart. He studied the trumpet for four years in Mannheim and switched to voice studies with Charlotte Lehmann in 1999 in Würzburg, where he graduated with distinction. Mr. Lichdi spent 2005 to 2012 as a resident artist at the Staatstheater Nürnberg. He made his US debut in 2010 performing the Evangelist in Bach’s Saint John Passion with the Chicago Symphony. These performances mark his San Francisco Symphony debut.
Mr. Lichdi’s 2013-14 European engagements include performances with Maggio Musicale Florence, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, and at Vienna’s Musikverein. On the American concert stage, Mr. Lichdi’s recent appearances include Handel’s Messiah with the New York Philharmonic, Mozart’s Requiem with the Colorado Symphony, and Bach’s Saint John Passion, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, and Haydn’s Creation with the Charlotte Symphony. In Europe, he performed Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers and a staged version of Handel’s Messiah at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris; a concert version of Die Entführung aus dem Serail with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; Bach’s Mass in B minor at Vienna’s Musikverein; and a Spanish and Italian tour with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra performing Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion. He can be heard on a recording of Hans Werner Henze’s Boulevard Solitude under the auspices of the Ruhr Festival in Germany.
(May 8–10 2014)