Frequently Asked Fach Database Questions
- By combining agent and opera house insights with important documents we create Fach listings that reflect current casting trends in Germany.
- We go far beyond leading roles and include every role from every opera found in the database.
- We go beyond a role’s primary Fach and include alternative Fach’s recognized by houses and agents.
- We are the only database to include each role’s partien designation (size).
- We include dynamic performance data and statistics, showing you which operas are the most performed on German stages.
- By partnering with theoperadatabase.com, we are able to put nearly a thousand arias right at your fingertips
- With over a dozen different filters and search fields, our database helps you find exactly what you are looking for, or discover something new.
Singers, voice teachers, coaches, and impresarios will find OperGermany’s Fach database a vital tool in quickly and confidently searching the operatic repertoire.
There are simply too many operas to include in any one database. Our goal at OperGermany.com is to help singers take the leap into singing in Germany. With that goal in mind, our database focuses on operas that are popular or significant in German opera houses. You can expect to find all of the great masterpieces such as Don Giovanni, La bohéme, and Das Rheingold, as well as modern operas from around the globe, including L’amour de loin, Caligula, and South Pole.
The Aria PDF Database has graciously allowed us to use the PDF’s made available on their site. With the exception of sharing aria PDF’s, the two databases are separate, present different parts of the operatic repertoire, and include different information.
Partien, singular Partie, refer to a role’s size or importance in an opera and has corresponding große (large) mittlere (medium), and kleine (small) designation. The method for determining a role’s Partie is hard to quantify and may not always be intuitive. The Partien designations included in OperGermany’s based are upon lengthy research and current casting trends.
For a complete explanation of what Fächer are, be sure to read our blog post. Simply put Fächer are designations given to roles that indicate what specific voice type can be expected to sing that role. This designation is used in formulating and even distributing contracts in many German opera houses. Most Fächer are a combination of large vocal category, i.e. sopran (soprano), with a descriptor i.e. lyrischer (lyric). The resulting Fach has an array of attached presumed qualities, including the size and color of the voice, and can even include physical or acting qualities. Fächer are complex and numerous, which is the main reason why the team at OperGermany.com created the Fach database to help newcomers and seasoned veterans better navigate this complex world.
The database is vast and it can be hard to tell ifa role or aria is missing or simply not included. If you cannot find a specific role/aria, try searching for the composer or opera it comes from first. Sometimes a role may be hard to find due to the differences in terminology. If the role you are searching for has a title, such as count, prince, or king, try searching for the German equivilant, i.e. Graf, Prinzessin, or König.
The Fach database is constantly being expanded, the aria in question may be added soon. If you see any arias that are missing, feel free to let us know by visiting the contact page.
Not all arias are good for auditioning. Our team has reviewed arias and indicated which ones may be good for auditioning for a given role by including an asterisks *. That doesn’t mean that an aria package using only asterisked arias will be ideal, but it is a good place to start.