© Paul Foster-Williams
Berger’s imaginative approach to programming led to the release of his 2012 debut recital disc, Insomnia: A Nocturnal Voyage in Song (Delphian). This sequence of seventeen songs portraying the sleepless night of a man reflecting on the absence of his unnamed lover, was awarded four stars by The Guardian and Berger’s performance was described as ‘sweepingly sensual’, ‘pure gold’ (The Arts Desk) and ‘magnetic’ (The Scotsman).
Recent engagements have included the title role in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo for both La Nuova Musica and Silent Opera, the role of Papageno at Opéra de Toulon and Garsington Opera, Monteverdi’s Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda with the Early Opera Company and Count Almaviva at the Lucerne Opera. A specialist in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century repertoire, Berger has performed all of the major Mozartian baritone roles, as well as a wide selection of roles by Monteverdi, Handel, Haydn, Puccini, Janáček and Weill. In concert, Berger has performed at the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Sadler’s Wells, Birmingham Symphony Hall and Los Angeles Disney Concert Hall, with orchestras and ensembles including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Brabants Orkest, Philharmonia Baroque San Francisco, Cape Town Philharmonic, English Concert and Philharmonie Zuidnederland.
Berger has received a multitude of prizes and awards, including the 2010 Ernst Haefliger Competition in Switzerland, the Kathleen Ferrier Society Bursary for Young Singers, the Countess of Munster Trust Scholarship, the Musicians Benevolent Fund Grant and the Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Award. He is a graduate and Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and a former member of the Young Singers Programme at English National Opera.
In addition to Insomnia: A Nocturnal Voyage in Song, his discography includes Handel’s Alexander’s Feast with Ludus Baroque (Delphian), Samson and Dettingen Te Deum (Carus), Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites (Chandos) and on DVD, Admeto (C Major) and L’incoronazione de Poppea (Opus Arte).
Alphabetical listing of all musical works
|Armida, Hob XXVIII:12 (Haydn)|
|Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen Duet from Die Zauberflöte, K620 (Mozart)|
|Chi nel cammin d'onore Aria from L'isola disabitata, Hob XXVIII:9 (Haydn)|
|Ci sposeremo fra suoni e canti Aria from Il maestro di cappella (Cimarosa)|
|Così fan tutte, K588 (Mozart)|
|Crudel! perché finora Duet from Le nozze di Figaro, K492 (Mozart)|
|Deh vieni alla finestra Aria from Don Giovanni, K527 (Mozart)|
|Die Zauberflöte, K620 (Mozart)|
|Don Giovanni, K527 (Mozart)|
|Fin ch'han dal vino Aria from Don Giovanni, K527 (Mozart)|
|Già la morte in manto nero Aria from La vera costanza, Hob XXVIII:8 (Haydn)|
|Hai già vinta la causa! Aria from Le nozze di Figaro, K492 (Mozart)|
|Il maestro di cappella (Cimarosa)|
|Il pensier sta negli oggetti Duet from L'anima del filosofo, ossia Orfeo ed Euridice, Hob XXVIII:13 (Haydn)|
|La vera costanza, Hob XXVIII:8 (Haydn)|
|L'anima del filosofo, ossia Orfeo ed Euridice, Hob XXVIII:13 (Haydn)|
|Le nozze di Figaro, K492 (Mozart)|
|L'isola disabitata, Hob XXVIII:9 (Haydn)|
|Non sparate … mi disdico … Aria from La vera costanza, Hob XXVIII:8 (Haydn)|
|Orlando Paladino, Hob XXVIII:11 (Haydn)|
|Pa-Pa-Pa-Papagena! Duet from Die Zauberflöte, K620 (Mozart)|
|Quel tuo visetto amabile Duet from Orlando Paladino, Hob XXVIII:11 (Haydn)|
|Rivolgete a lui lo sguardo Aria from Così fan tutte, K588 (Mozart)|
|Se mi dànno il permesso Aria from Il maestro di cappella (Cimarosa)|
|Sinfonia Overture from Il maestro di cappella (Cimarosa)|
|Teco lo guida al campo Aria from Armida, Hob XXVIII:12 (Haydn)|