Wolfgang Koch, Baritone/Bass-Baritone

Wolfgang Koch is currently one of the most important dramatic bass-baritones in the world of opera. He studied singing at the University of Music in Munich as well as with Josef Metternich, Gianni Raimondi and Leondino Ferri, followed by engagements in the ensembles of the Stadttheater Bern, the Staatsoper Stuttgart and the Wiener Volksoper, where he celebrated great successes in new productions of Schreker’s Irrelohe, Kienzel’s Evangelimann, Orff’s Die Kluge and d’Albert’s Tiefland.

By now Wolfgang Koch guests at all important opera houses in the world. He made his highly praised debut as Hans Sachs in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Oper Frankfurt (2006), where he also sang the title role in the new production of Reimann’s Lear (2008), followed by his role debut as Mandryka in Arabella (2009) and as Borromeo in Hans Pfitzner’s Palestrina (2010).

In January 2008 he successfully performed Hans Sachs at the Wiener Staatsoper, where he also sang Telramund in Lohengrin and Jochanaan in Strauss’ Salome. In spring 2008 he triumphed with his role debut at the Staatsoper Hamburg as Alberich in a new production of Wagner’s Rheingold, where he had previously performed Jochanaan and Alberich in a new production of Wagner’s Siegfried. In the seasons 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 Wolfgang Koch performed in Hamburg in new productions of Bliss, Palestrina, Don Giovanni and Götterdämmerung.

The artist is closely connected to the Staatsoper München, where he performed new productions of Busoni’s Doktor Faust (2008), Pfitzner’s Palestrina (2009), Lohengrin (2009) and the role of Pizarro in Beethoven’s Fidelio (2010). In the season 2011/12 he performed the part of Alberich in the new production of Der Ring des Nibelungen. At the Salzburger Festspiele (2011) Wolfgang Koch made his role debut as Barak in Frau ohne Schatten. In the very same role he was to be seen at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2012. At the Royal Opera House Covent Garden Wolfgang Koch made his debut as Hans Sachs (2011), and then returned as Alberich in Der Ring des Nibelungen in 2012. In the season 2012/2013 he has celebrated a great success with the title role of Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler at Theater an der Wien. In 2013 Koch debuted at the Salzburger Osterfestspiele with Parsifal. From 2013 to 2015 he sang at the Bayreuther Festspiele and the past seasons he sang at the state operas in Munich, Vienna, Hamburg, Berlin and Tokio. In 2015/2016 he performed i.a. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Parsifal in Berlin, Der fliegende Holländer in Frankfurt, Capriccio in Paris and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in Munich.
Aside from a new production of Lohengrin at the Opéra National de Paris under the baton of Philippe Jordan, in the current season his engagements include Lohengrin and Salome at the Staatsoper Hamburg, Lohengrin at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Tannhäuser and Die Frau ohne Schatten at the Staatsoper Berlin and Die Frau ohne Schatten at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich.

Wolfgang Koch is a regular guest on the most important concert stages of the world. Concert appearances have led him to the Scala in Milano, the Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome, to Hamburg, Bruxelles and Paris as well as to the Wiener Konzerthaus and Wiener Musikverein.

Several CD and DVD releases with Wolfgang Koch are available, such as the Ring from Hamburg, the productions of Lear (Reinmann) and Palestrina (Pfitzner) from Frankfurt, Palestrina and Lohengrin from Munich and many more.


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