Wolfgang Koch, Baritone/Bass-Baritone

Wolfgang Koch is currently one of the most important dramatic bass- baritones in the opera world. 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 Stadttheater Bern, Staatsoper Stuttgart and the Wiener Volksoper, where he celebrated great successes in new productions of Schrekers Irrelohe, Kienzels Evangelimann, Orff’s Die Kluge and d´Albert’s Tiefland.

By now Wolfgang Koch works freelance at all important operas in the world. He made his highly praised debut as Hans Sachs in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Frankfurt Opera (2006), where he also sang the title role in the new production of Reimanns 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 2010/11 and 2011/12 Wolfgang Koch performed in Hamburg in new productions of Bliss, Palestrina, Don Giovanni and Götterdämmerung as well as in revivals of Rheingold, Siegfried and Parsifal.

The artist is closely connected to the State Opera Munich, where he performed, after new productions of Busoni’s Doktor Faust (2008), Pfitzner’s Palestrina (2009), Lohengrin (2009), also 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 Salzburg Festival (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), where he returned as Alberich in Der Ring des Nibelungen in 2012. In the season 2012/13 he has celebrated a great success in the title role of Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler at Theater an der Wien.

Projects in Bayreuth and at Salzburg Easter Festival 2013 followed. In the 2014/2015 season Wolfgang Koch gave guest performances at Vienna State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, State Opera Hamburg and in Tokyo. Future projects in Hamburg, Munich, Berlin, Vienna and again in Bayreuth are lying ahead.

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, where he was heard in the concert version of Tabarro / FlorentinischeTragödie (2010). At the Wiener Musikverein he performed Zemlinsky’s Lyrische Symphonie under the baton of Kirill Petrenko (2011). In August 2011 he sang Beethoven’s IX Symphony conducted by Daniel Barenboim in Köln (published on CD). In the season 2013/14 he will be heard in this piece again in Copenhagen.

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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