Falk Struckmann, Baritone/Bass-Baritone

Falk Struckmann is considered one of the most important singers of our time. Born in Heilbronn he went to Kiel, Basel and from there to all the important opera houses and festivals all over the world. He made his debut at the Bayreuth Festival in 1993 as Kurwenal in Heiner Müller’s production under Daniel Barenboim. In the following years Struckmann mainly worked at the Staatsoper Berlin, where Barenboim has been Artistic Director since 1992. In Berlin he sang in new productions of Der fliegende Holländer, Lohengrin, Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Der Ring des Nibelungen, Parsifal, Fidelio and Elektra. Further performances were in Salome and Wozzeck. In the 1990s Struckmann made his debut at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan as Siegfried under Riccardo Muti and at the New York Met as Wozzeck under James Levine. He sang in numerous premieres at the Wiener Staatsoper, such as Der Fliegende Holländer, Lohengrin, Die Frau ohne Schatten and Otello. He also repeatedly performed in Tristan und Isolde, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Der Ring des Nibelungen, Parsifal, Fidelio, Wozzeck, Tosca, Carmen and Elektra. He was nominated “Kammersänger” by both the Wiener and the Berliner Staatsoper.

After his debut at the Bayreuth Festival Falk Struckmann sang in The Ring under James Levine and under Christian Thielemann in 2006. In Bayreuth he also sang Parsifal. Moreover he sang in Tristan und Isolde and Herzog Blaubarts Burg at the Salzburger Festspiele. Struckmann made his London debut with Parsifal at Covent Garden and with Der fliegende Holländer at the Paris Opera. Moreover he sang in Tristan und Isolde and in The Ring under Bertrand de Billy at the Liceu in Barcelona.

In recent years Falk Struckmann has been increasingly active at the Hamburg State Opera, where he sang Mathis der Maler at Simone Young’s opening premiere as Music Director. Later on the whole Ring des Nibelungen followed. At the Staatsoper München he sang in the new production of Palestrina, again under the baton of Simone Young. He also sang in Palestrina in Harry Kupfer’s production at the Oper Frankfurt under Kirill Petrenko and stepped into this role again at the Wiener Staatsoper. At the Theater an der Wien he sang Kaspar in Der Freischütz under Bertrand de Billy, directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky. In 2014 Struckmann sang the role of Kaspar at the Staatsoper Berin.

In the summer of 2010 he performed at the Lucerne Festival under Claudio Abbado and at the music festival Grafenegg as Pizarro in a production of Fidelio. He sang the same role at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan in 2014.  In spring 2011 and during the season 2011/2012 he sang at the Wiener Staatsoper (Tosca, Parsifal, Othello, Salome), at the Staatsoper Hamburg (Rheingold, Walküre, Siegfried, Palestrina), at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan as Barak in Die Frau ohne Schatten and he made his role debut as Gurnemanz in a new production of Parsifal at the Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam under the baton of Ivan Fischer.

The 2012/2013 and 2013/2014 seasons led him, amongst others, to the Met in New York (Otello), to the Wiener Staatsoper (Otello, Tosca, Fidelio, Salome), the Bilbao Opera (Tosca), the Oper Frankfurt (Lohengrin), the Staatsoper Hamburg (Rheingold, Walküre, Siegfried) and the Lyric Opera Chicago (Otello). In the 2014/15 season Struckmann gave his celebrated role debut as Hagen in Die Götterdämmerung at the Wiener Staatsoper, where he also sang Orest in the new production of Elektra. Last season he sang for the first time all bass roles in Der Ring des Nibelungen (Fafner, Hunding and Hagen) at the Staatsoper Berlin.

Falk Struckmann works with just about all leading conductors and stage directors and he is a frequent guest in concert halls all over the world. Almost all his performed roles are available on CD and DVD – some of them repeatedly.

2016/17


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