Thomas Quasthoff returns to sing at the Edinburgh Festival

Thomas Quasthoff returns to sing at the Edinburgh Festival


norman lebrecht

August 17, 2021

The fabled German lieder singer, who retired in 2012 at the age of 52,  is making a limited comeback.

The Guardian reports:
This month’s Edinburgh festival will showcase Quasthoff in three guises: singing jazz with his quartet, as a teacher, and performing in a semi-staging of Richard Strauss’s opera Ariadne auf Naxos. The latter does not, though, constitute a fully fledged return to the classical stage – he will play the spoken role of the pompous major-domo.

So happy for him.


  • perturbo says:

    I saw him sing in Shostakovich 14 with the Cleveland Orchestra; unforgettable. Glad he’s planning to return to the public eye.

  • Anon. says:

    He came to the EIF in 2016 performing the spoken role in Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder. Nice to see him back.

  • Jack says:

    Absolutely! WONDERFUL NEWS!

  • E says:

    Beautiful photo!

  • Gustavo says:

    That photo must have been taken in Germany judging by the double fence plus hedge in the background.

    Always belts and braces.

  • 88 says:

    Wonderful singer/musician!

  • Henry williams says:

    Such a nice guy.