Yosemeh Adjei

Countertenor Yosemeh Adjei, born in Nuremberg, was initially a trumpeter in WDR Rundfunkorchester before taking up vocal studies with Kai Wessel at Cologne's Musikhochschule. His concert debut as a countertenor was a performance with Musica Antiqua Köln under the direction of Reinhard Goebel. In addition, Adjei has sung solo performances with orchestras such as Collegium Cartusianum, Capella Istropolitana, Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Gächinger Kantorei, WDR Rundfunkorchester, and Potsdamer Kammerakademie, working with the conductors K. H. Steffen, H. Rilling. A. Marcon, D. Comtet, and K. Junghänel. He has performed at many venues, including Cologne's Philharmonie, Festspielhaus Baden Baden, Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, Festival für Alte Musik Brügge, the Nantes music festival La folle journeé, Rheingau Musik Festival, MDR Musiksommer, and at concert halls in Bilbao and Lisbon. He has made a name for himself in opera primarily with the works of Händel. He sang the role of Athalia at the Händel Festspiele Halle with Frankfurt's Orchester La Stagione; in 2007 he sang Guilio Cesare at Göttinger Händel Festspiele and the title role in Ezio at the Schwetzinger Festspiele. Yosemeh Adjei is equally fascinated by new music: in 2008 he sang the role of Artemis in Hans Werner Henze's latest opera Phaedra at Theater Heidelberg. He was Apollo in Britten's opera Death in Venice at Munich's Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz and performed as Amphione in Adriana Hölszky's opera Hybris at Lisbon's Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in 2010. In 2010/11 he performed Oberon in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream at Staatstheater Braunschweig, Antippo in Telemann's Der geduldige Socrates at Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, as well as Bajazete in Vivaldi's Tamerlano at Schwetzinger Winter.