Falk Struckmann is considered one of the most important singers of our time.
He begins the 2018/2019 seasons with Der Freischütz, singing the Hermit at the Wiener Staatsoper, and Kaspar at Staatsoper Berlin. Following that, he will sing the title role of Bluebeard’s Castle at Oper Stuttgart, and then the roles of Don Pizarro at Staatsoper Berlin and Hagen in Götterdämmerung at Wiener Staatsoper. In May 2019, he will perform Daland in The Flying Dutchman at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.
Highlights of Mr. Struckmann’s 2017/18 season included his role debut as Alberich in Der Ring des Nibelungen in San Francisco, as well as performances as Hagen (Die Götterdämmerung) at the Semperoper Dresden under the baton of Christian Thielmann and as Rocco (Fidelio) at the Staatsoper Hamburg. His appearances in the 2016/17 season included Fidelio (Pizarro) at the Staatsoper Berlin, Fidelio (Rocco) at the Metropolitan Opera and Die Götterdämmerung (Hagen) in Stockholm and Vienna. In 2015/16 he sang all bass roles in Der Ring des Nibelungen (Fafner, Hunding and Hagen) at the Staatsoper Berlin.
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 a new production of Elektra. The 2012/2013 and 2013/2014 seasons led him to, amongst others, the Metropolitan Opera (Otello), the Wiener Staatsoper (Otello, Tosca, Fidelio, Salome), the Bilbao Opera (Tosca), Oper Frankfurt (Lohengrin), the Staatsoper Hamburg (Rheingold, Walküre, Siegfried) and the Lyric Opera Chicago (Otello).
In spring 2011, and during the season 2011/2012, Mr. Struckmann performed 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. In the summer of 2010 Mr. Struckmann 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.
Between 2005 and 2015, Mr. Struckmann was particularly active at the Staatsoper Hamburg, where he sang Mathis der Maler at Simone Young’s opening premiere as Music Director, followed later by the complete Ring des Nibelungen. At the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich 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 Oper Frankfurt under Kirill Petrenko, and took on the roles again at the Wiener Staatsoper. Later at the Theater an der Wien Mr. Struckmann sang Kaspar in Der Freischütz under Bertrand de Billy, directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky and also in 2014 at the Staatsoper Berlin.
After his 1993 debut at the Bayreuther Festspiele as Kurwenal under the baton of Daniel Barenboim, Mr. Struckmann sang in Der Ring der Nibelungen under James Levine and under Christian Thielemann in 2006, as well as Parsifal. Moreover, he has performed in Tristan and Isolde and Bluebeard’s Castle at the Salzburger Festspiele. Mr. Struckmann made his London debut with Parsifal at Covent Garden, and his Paris debut and with The Flying Dutchman at the Opéra de Paris. He has also performed in Tristan und Isolde and in Der Ring der Nibelungen under Bertrand de Billy at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.
Born in Heilbronn Mr. Struckmann began his career in Kiel and Basel, and from there he quickly went to all the important opera houses and festivals around the world. In the following years Struckmann mainly worked at the Staatsoper Berlin. In Berlin he has sang in new productions of The Flying Dutchman, Lohengrin, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Der Ring des Nibelungen, Parsifal, Fidelio, Elektra, 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 Metropolitan Opera as Wozzeck under James Levine. He has performed in numerous premieres at the Wiener Staatsoper, such as The Flying Dutchman, Lohengrin, Die Frau ohne Schatten, and Otello. He also repeatedly performed in Tristan and Isolde, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Der Ring des Nibelungen, Parsifal, Fidelio, Wozzeck, Tosca, Carmen and Elektra in Vienna.
Mr. Struckmann has been named “Kammersänger” by both the Wiener and the Berliner Staatsoper, and he regularly works the world’s leading conductors and stage directors. He is a frequent guest in concert halls all over the world, and nearly all of the roles he has performed are available on CD and DVD – some of them repeatedly.
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