Austrian baritone Liviu Holender studied the piano at the Vienna Conservatory and the clarinet at the Vienna University of Music. At the Prima la musica Federal Competition he won first prize in the chamber music category. He was a member of the Opera School for Children at the Vienna State Opera, where he appeared in a number of roles, including the Shepherd in Tosca (Puccini).
Since 2013 he has been taught by Karlheinz Hanser at Vienna’s University of Music and privately by Wicus Slabbert. He also studied law at the University of Vienna. He completed Masterclasses with Matthias Goerne and Malcolm Martineau.
Holender made his debut as Falke in Die Fledermaus (J. Strauss) in a University of Music production at the Schönbrunn Palace Theatre in 2015. He also appeared as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart) at the Romanian National Operas in Timişoara and Bucharest, before making his debut at the Vienna Volksoper during the 2016-2017 season as Freddy Eynsford-Hill
in My Fair Lady (Loewe).
Holender appears regularly as a soloist in oratorios at St Peter’s Abbey in Salzburg. In 2019 he will be heard as the baritone soloist in Brahms’ German Requiem with the Robert Schumann Philharmonic Orchestra in Chemnitz.
Since 2017-2018 Holender has been a member of the Gärtnerplatztheater in Munich, where his roles have included Count Eberbach in Der Wildschütz (Lortzing), Masetto in Don Giovanni and Papageno in Die Zauberflöte (Mozart) and Hans Scholl in Die Weisse Rose (Zimmermann). For the Bucharest National Opera he has sung the role of Silvio in Pagliacci (Leoncavallo) and Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart). In the current season (2018-2019) he will sing the roles of Schaunard in La bohème (Puccini), Guglielmo in Così fan tutte (Mozart), as the Secretary in a production of Der junge Lord (Henze) in Munich. He will also appear as Falke and Papageno at the Chemnitz Theatre.
As a participant in the 2018 Salzburg Festival Young Singers Project Holender interpreted the role of Papageno in Festival Production of The Magic Flute for Children. In Summer 2019 the young baritone will appear at the largest Open-Air festival in Europe, the Bregenzer Festspiele, where he will sing the role Marullo in the new production of Rigoletto (Verdi). Starting next season (2019-
2020), Holender will be an ensemble member of the Opera House of Frankfurt.