Daniel Schmutzhard

Daniel Schmutzhard is engaged as Fitz Kothner in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in August 2017 at Bayreuth Festival. In the upcoming season 2017/18, he will sing Papageno in the new production of Zauberflöte at Theater an der Wien. Daniel Schmutzhard will come back to Volksoper Wien in Caroussel to sing the role of Billy Bigelow. Furthermore he will perform together with the Orchestre de Chambre Paris Haydn’s Jahreszeiten. Beside performances of Eugen Onegin and Capriccio at Oper Frankfurt he will return to Bayreuth Festival 2018.

In the 2016/17 season he appeared as a permanent member of the Oper Frankfurt in roles including a.o. Escamillo, Don Giovanni, Nathanael and Onegin. As a highly demanded concert singer he performed Beethoven´s 9th Symphony with Münchner Philharmoniker. Under the baton of Kirill Petrenko he sang Mahler´s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Haydn´s Schöpfung in a mise en scène of La Fura dels Baus at Theater an der Wien, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Festival Aix en Provence a.o.

At Theater an der Wien he had a huge success in the season 2015/16 with the new production of Capriccio as Olivier. Before he made his debut as Donner (Rheingold) at Bayreuth Festival and sang Albert (Werther) at Salzburg Festival. Additionally, he sang Wolfram (Tannhäuser) for the first time at Vlaamse Opera Gent/Antwerpen in a production of Calixto Bieito. He also appeared for the first time with Wiener Philharmoniker, singing Schubert’s Lazarus in concerts in Vienna and Rome. Other concerts have brought him with Haydn’s Jahreszeiten to Rias Kammerchor at Philharmonie Berlin, with Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder to Orchestre National de Lille and with Haydn’s Schöpfung to the Palace of Arts Budapest. He sang recitals at Schubertiade Hohenems as well as at Oper Frankfurt.

Since the 2011/12 season Daniel Schmutzhard has performed at the Oper Frankfurt Guglielmo (Cosi fan tutte), Papageno (The Magic Flute), Conte (Le Nozze di Figaro) Figaro (Barbiere di Siviglia), Eisenstein (Fledermaus), Marcello (Bohème), Wolfram (Tannhäuser), Heerrufer (Lohengrin), Albert (Werther) and Rodrigo (Don Carlo). He has appeared as Sharpless (Madama Butterfly) at the Berlin State Opera, performed Papageno with René Jacobs in Amsterdam, Brussels, Rome, Barcelona and Lisbon, recorded the part for Harmonia Mundi, made his debut at Opéra National de Paris with Philippe Jordan conducting and at Bavarian State Opera Munich as well as at Bregenz Festival. High class concert engagements have taken the artist to Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, to the Konzerthaus in Berlin and Vienna as well as to Verona. At the Leipzig Gewandhaus he sang Orff’s Carmina Burana, with Dresdner Philharmonie he appeared in Fauré’s Requiem, conducted by Bertrand de Billy, and he sang The Bells under the direction of Tomas Netopil at Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.

Highlights during the 2010/11 season were the world premiere of Joneleit‘s Metanoia under Daniel Barenboim at the Berlin State Opera, The Magic Flute at Mozartwoche, Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Vienna State Opera, and Orff’s Carmina Burana as well as Liszt’s Legende der heiligen Elisabeth at Theater an der Wien. In 2010 he made his debut at the Berlin State Opera in Agrippina and in 2008 at the Salzburg Festival, Theater an der Wien, Innsbruck Festival of Early Music, Glyndebourne Touring Opera and Aix-en-Provence. From 2005-2011 he was engaged at the Vienna Volksoper and was awarded at numerous international competitions.

Apart from the conductors and stage directors mentioned before, Daniel has also worked with i.a. Sir Simon Rattle, Sebastian Weigle, Franz Welser-Möst, Leopold Hager, Ulf Schirmer respectivly Robert Carsen, Jossi Wieler, William Kentridge, Marco Arturo Marelli, Vincent Boussard, Alfred Kirchner and Josef Ernst Köpplinger. In addition to his work at the opera stage Daniel Schmutzhard has also an excellent reputation as a concert, recital and oratorio singer. He has given concerts and recitals at the Wiener Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Berlin Philharmonie, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Kölner Philharmonie, Salle Pleyel Paris and Salzburger Osterfestspiele.


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