Mr. Albert-Moshe Niedel is a Lyric-Dramatic Verdi baritone, whose video clips proof that he rather more in class by himself. Mr. Niedel is a citizen of USA born the first day of Rosh Hashanah on October 2, 1978 in Budapest, Hungary. In 1983 his family moved to Riga, Latvia. He grew up in a Jewish conservative family. His father, Rabbi Menachem – Mendel Niedel (1947-1989) zichrono livracha, was the chief Rabbi of Riga Latvia as well as one of the first graduated Rabbis in Eastern Europe after the war world II. As boy soprano Mr. Niedel sung in the first Jewish folk ensemble Kinnor in Riga, Latvia. Eventually, Kinnor became the first Jewish choir ensemble in the former Soviet Union that was internationally acclaimed, as well as one of the first of its kind in Eastern Europe.
While participating in the Kinnor ensemble Mr. Niedel has experienced singing in different styles, dialects and languages of Jewish folk music, such as: Yiddish, Hebrew, Yemen, Farsi, Ladino, Polish, Latvian, English and others, as well as performed all around the world. In 1990 25 members of Kinnor including Mr. Niedel engaged in a national tour across the US. One of such live performances has been video recorded and is now in the library of Temple Beth-El in Chicago, Illinois. In addition the audio tape of Kinnor choir from Riga used to be available online at www.jewishmusic.com. As the size of Mr. Niedel’s voice grew, he started to receive some solo parts and eventually, while still a teenager, became interested in cantorial liturgy.
As teenager he started singing some challenging cantorial parts. A retired minister of education, Ben-Zion Melamed from Israel heard Mr. Niedel sing in the first-ever reopening of the Jewish school in Riga after the Second World War and enrolled him to spend his high school years in Israel. While studying in Israel 1993-1996, Mr. Niedel became a member of the cantorial ensemble Yuval. In Yuval he has met, sung with, and heard some of the greatest and internationally acclaimed cantors of our days, as well as promising operatic stars. Upon graduation from Eshivat Kfar-Haroe Bnei-Akivahn in Summer 1966 Mr. Niedel along with his family immigrated to the USA.
While being in the States, Mr. Niedel has taken multiple voice lessons from various teachers and coaches, as well as studied in local colleges and Universities. Of all the teachers he thinks the highest of Mr. Casper Vecchione, who was a remarkable Dramatic baritone himself. He was the only one who has effortlessly taken Mr. Niedel above the pasaggio straight to the highest limits of the tenor range, discovering that the voice in later years developing into a Lyric-Dramatic Verdi baritone. Mr. Niedel holds a Bachelor’s of Arts from Bowie State University with academic Honors and Master of Arts/Music from Morgan State University.
Albert Niedel is a winner of various competitions including NATS Advanced College which consisted of participants from Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia and Pennsylvania. Last year he won the Baltimore Music Club competition in professional vocal category. Mr. Niedel has performed with various opera companies in North America and Europe as well as worked with internationally acclaimed conductors and singers such as Christian Badea, Michel Plasson, Inessa Galante, Jason Stearns and also featured in number of master classes by world renowned singers like Wei Song, Sylvia Sass, Simon Estes and Madame Montserrat Caballe who personally invited and selected Mr. Niedel to participate in her final master class and Opera Gala concert in Zaragoza Spain in September of 2011. In addition, Mr. Niedel has been previously featured at the French and German embassy as well as performed a solo operatic recital at the State Department in Washington DC. Mr. Niedel was among selected guests to perform at the house of the President of Israel, Governor of Louisiana, Mayor of Long Island and others. Among some of his roles are Rigoletto, Onegin, Gianni Schicchi, Tonio and Silvio in Pagliacci, Figaro in the Barber of Seville, Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermmor, Morales and Escamillo in Carmen, Gerard in Andrea Chenier, Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera, Zurga in the Pearl Fishers, the villains in Tales of Hoffman and many others. Mr. Niedel regularly sings with the Chizuk Amuno Congregation choir and occasionally with the Baltimore opera chorus.