Wolfgang Koch, Baritone/Bass-Baritone

Wolfgang Koch is currently one of the most important dramatic bass-baritones in the world of opera.

His engagements in the 2021/22 season include Falstaff (Title role) and Parsifal (Amfortas) at Wiener Staatsoper, Tabarro (Michele), Die Vögel (Prometheus), Das Schlaue Füchslein (Förster) and Tristan (Kurwenal) at Bayerische Staatsoper München as well as Frau ohne Schatten (Barak) and Lohengrin (Telramund) at Oper Frankfurt. Orchestre de Paris has contracted the artist for the baritone part in Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem Simone Young conducting.

Wolfgang Koch's repertoire includes the great baritone roles of the German and Italian repertoire. He sang Wotan / Wanderer (Der Ring des Nibelungen) both at the Bayreuth Festival and in Munich with Kirill Petrenko conducting as well as Hans Sachs (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) at Münchner Opernfestspiele under Kirill Petrenko. As Amfortas and/or Klingsor he appeared in Berlin, Munich, Hamburg and the Salzburg Easter Festival. In 2019 he made his MET debut as Scarpia (Tosca).

One of his most important roles is Barak (Frau ohne Schatten), which he sang at Vienna State Opera under the baton of Christian Thielemann, in Berlin, Munich, Hamburg and at the Salzburg Festival. The “Bayerische Kammersänger” celebrated a great success as Michele in Puccini's Il Trittico at the Bavarian State Opera. At Vienna State Opera he created the title role in von Einem’s Dantons Tod in a new production. His repertoire also includes Don Pizarro (Fidelio), Holländer (The Flying Dutchman), Kurwenal (Tristan and Isolde), Mandryka (Arabella), Graf (Capriccio), Jochanaan (Salome), Scarpia (Tosca), the title roles in Mathis der Maler and Lear, Borromeo and Morone (Palestrina) as well as Doctor Faust von Busoni.

In addition to the houses mentioned, Wolfgang Koch has also performed at the Opéra National de Paris, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden London, the Frankfurt Opera, the Theater an der Wien and in Tokyo.

Besides his operatic activities, Wolfgang Koch is a regular guest on the world's most important concert stages. There are numerous CD and DVD publications, including Der Ring des Nibelungen from Hamburg (Alberich), the productions Lear (Reimann) and Palestrina (Pfitzner) from Frankfurt, Palestrina, Doctor Faust and Lohengrin from Munich, Parsifal and Frau ohne Schatten from Salzburg as well as Parsifal (Barenboim and Tcherniakov) from Berlin.



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