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Rainer Mesecke


Regine Dierse

Phone: +49 40 35719380

Bass Rainer Mesecke originally comes from Prenzlau in Brandenburg and studied voice at the University of Music and Theatre in Hamburg. Master classes with Robert Holl, Margreet Honig and Reri Grist complement his versatile training.

While still a student, the young bass was already able to convince as a guest on the stage of the Hamburg State Opera, including as Sagriwow and Latunski in the contemporary opera "The Master and Margarita" by York Höller, directed by Jochen Biganzoli and conducted by Marcus Bosch. He also sang Dandini in a children's version of Rossini's "La Cenerentola" at the Opera stabile of the Hamburg State Opera.

He worked with well-known ensembles including the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra and the Elbipolis Barockorchester. Concert tours have taken him to various European countries and to Russia

In 2015 he was a prize-winner of the International Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg Competition, and made his debut the following year as the Hermit in Weber's “Freischütz” at the Wernigerode Castle Festival (Werningeröder Schlossfestspiele).

Rainer Mesecke received his first permanent engagement at the Theater Hof from 2017 to 2019, where he attracted attention with buffo roles as well as in the serious repertoire. His roles there included Daland in "The Flying Dutchman", Sparafucile in "Rigoletto" and General Bumm in "The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein".

Since 2019 he has been a member of the ensemble at the Staatstheater Braunschweig, where his roles have included the Priest of Bel in Verdi's "Nabucco", Zeta in Lehar's "The Merry Widow" and Roy Cohn in Eötvös' "Angels in America". In 2020/21 Rainer Mesecke made his role debut in Braunschweig as Rocco in Beethoven's "Fidelio" and as the Speaker in "The Magic Flute". New roles in 2021/22 were Baculus in Lortzing's "Wildschütz" and Il Re in Verdi's "Aida". In the 2022/23 season he made his role debut as Fasolt in Wagner's "Rheingold".

In 2023/24 Rainer Mesecke can be heard at the Staatstheater Braunschweig as Basilio in Rossini's "Il barbiere di Siviglia" and as Michael in "Koma" by G. F. Haas

L. v. Beethoven



S. Corbet

Das große Heft


A. Dvořák


Vodnik (stud.)

P. Eötvös

Angels in America

Roy Cohn, Ghost 1, Angel Australia

M.-A. Floros

Adriana (WP)


G. F. Haas


Michael (ab 2023/24)

G. F. Handel




Gobrias (en)

J. Heggie

Dead Man Walking

George Benton

Y. Höller

Der Meister u. Margarita

Sagriwow, Latunski

F. Lehár

The Merry Widow

Baron Zeta



A. Lortzing

Der Wildschütz (The Poacher)


P. Maxwell Davies

The Lighthouse

3. Officer, Arthur

G. C. Menotti

Amahl and the Night Visitors

Melchior (en.)

W. A. Mozart

Don Giovanni

Leporello (German dialogues)

Nozze di Figaro


Così fan tutte

Guglielmo (it.)

The Magic Flute


Sarastro (stud.)

J. Offenbach

Die Großherzogin v. Gerolstein

General Bumm

G. Puccini

Madama Butterfly

Zio Bonzo


Cesare Angelotti

La Bohème

Alcindoro, Benoit, Colline (ab 2023/24)

A. Reimann


Quarantänemeister, Kanzler

G. Rossini

La Cenerentola

Dandini (Version for children)

Il barbiere di Siviglia

Basilio (from 2023/24)

R. Strauss


Jude, Soldat

G. Ph. Telemann

Don Quichotte

Sancho Panza

P. Tchaikovsky

Eugene Onegin


G. Verdi




High priest of Bel


Il Re

Il trovatore

Ferrando (from 2023-24)

R. Wagner

The Flying Dutchman


Das Rheingold


Fafner (in preparation)

C. M. Weber, v.

Der Freischütz (The Freeshooter)

Hermit, Caspar (in preparation)

J. S. Bach
St. John Passion (Arias, Christ)
St. Luke Passion (Arias)
St. Matthew Passion (Arias, Christ)
Christmas Oratorio I-VI
Cantatas BWV 4, 9, 33, 39, 80, 129, 143, 147
L. v. Beethoven
Mass in C major
B. Britten
Rejoice in the Lamb
J. Brahms
A German Requiem
D. Cimarosa
A. Dvořák
Mass in D major
G. Fauré
G. F. Handel
Judas Maccabaeus
J. Haydn
The Seasons
Missa cellensis
The Creation
W. A. Mozart
Missa solemnis
Mass in C minor
Mass in C major
G. Rossini
Petite Messe Solenelle
Stabat Mater
C. Saint-Saëns
Oratorio de Noël
F. Schubert
Mass in B major
Mass in A flat major
Mass in G major
St. Matthew Passion
Christmas Story (Weihnachtshistorie), SWV 435
G. Ph. Telemann
Machet die Tore weit

DATES: a selection

All information are subject to change

09 March 2024 (Premiere), 14 March, 12/28 April, 15/24 May, 01 June 2024
Michael in „Koma“ (G. F. Haas)
Staatstheater Braunschweig
Conductor: Alexis Agrafiotis, Director: Dagmar Schlingmann
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