Daniel Schmutzhard

Baritone Daniel Schmutzhard is one of the leading austrian singers these days. He is soloist of the opening-concert of the Wiener Volksoper where he will appear as Zar in the new production of Lortzing’s Zar und Zimmermann in 2018/19. Besides that he will return to this house as Billy Bigelow in Caroussel. Opéra de Limoges engaged him for his role debut as Frank in a new production of Korngold’s Die tote Stadt. He will sing in Tschaikowsky’s Jungfrau von Orleans as well as in Oberon, both new productions at the Theater an der Wien. In summer 2019 he will take over again the role of Fritz Kothner in the Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Bayreuther Festspiele. In concert Daniel Schmutzhard will be appear with the Noord Nederlands Orchestra (Britten, War Requiem) and with the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest (Haydn, Schöpfung) in Utrecht and at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam.

Important engagements in 2017/18 had been Papageno in a new production of Zauberflöte at the Theater an der Wien, Caroussel at the Wiener Volksoper and Haydn’s Jahreszeiten with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris. Besides performances at the Oper Frankfurt e.g. in Eugen Onegin and Capriccio he was – as in the years before – guest at Bayreuth Festival 2018, singing Kothner in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.

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 Symphony No.9 with Münchner Philharmoniker. Under the baton of Kirill Petrenko he sang Mahler´s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and, with Emanuele Haim conducting, 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 that he made his debut as Donner (Rheingold) at the Bayreuther Festspiele and sang Albert (Werther) at the Salzburger Festspiele. 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 Staatsoper Berlin, 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 the Bayerische Staatsoper München as well as at the Bregenzer Festspiele. 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 Wiener Staatsoper 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 Staatsoper Berlin in Agrippina and in 2008 at the Salzburger Festspiele, Theater an der Wien, Innsbruck Festival of Early Music, Glyndebourne Touring Opera and Aix-en-Provence. From 2005-2011 he was engaged at the Volksoper Wien and was awarded at numerous international competitions.

Apart from the conductors and stage directors mentioned before, Daniel Schmutzhard has also worked with 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. The baritone 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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