Wolfgang Koch is counted among the most important dramatic bass-baritones in the opera world today. He studied singing at the University of Music in Munich as well as with Josef Metternich, Gianni Raimondi and Leondino Ferri. Upon completing his studies, he was engaged in the ensembles of the Stadttheater Bern, the Staatsoper Stuttgart and the Wiener Volksoper before he started his career as a freelance artist performing at the most important opera houses and festivals of the world.
Highlights of Mr. Koch’s current season include new productions of Il trittico and Parsifal, as well as a Ring production, at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich under the baton of Kirill Petrenko, a Parsifal production at the Staatsoper Hamburg and a new production of Dantons Tod at the Wiener Staatsoper.
Mr. Koch is a regular guest at the state operas in Vienna, Hamburg and Berlin, at the Opéra National de Paris, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London as well as at the Oper Frankfurt, the Theater an der Wien and in Tokyo. He has a very strong connection to the state opera in Munich, where he has appeared in numerous new productions, and where he was appointed Kammersänger in 2014.
From 2013 to 2015 Mr. Koch sang Wotan at the Bayreuther Festspiele with Kirill Petrenko conducting. In 2011 he made his debut at the Salzburg Festival, followed by his debut at the Salzburg Easter Festival with Parsifal in 2013 (each of them conducted by Christian Thielemann).
His most important operatic roles include: Barak (Frau ohne Schatten), Michele (Il tabarro), Scarpia (Tosca), Holländer (Der Fliegende Holländer), Wolfram von Eschenbach (Tannhäuser), Telramund (Lohengrin), Kurwenal (Tristan und Isolde), Hans Sachs (Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Wotan/Wanderer (Ring des Nibelungen), Amfortas (Parsifal), Jochanaan (Salome), Mandryka (Arabella), Der Graf (Capriccio), Pizarro (Fidelio), George Danton (Dantons Tod / G.v.Einem), Mathis (Mathis der Maler), Borromeo and Morone (Palestrina), Lear (Reimann), Doktor Faust (Busoni) and many more.
Mr. Koch is also a regular guest on the most important concert stages of the world. Several CD and DVD releases include Der Ring des Nibelungen from Hamburg (Alberich), the productions of Lear (Reimann) and Palestrina (Pfitzner) from Frankfurt, Palestrina, Doktor Faust and Lohengrin from Munich, Parsifal and Frau ohne Schatten from Salzburg, Parsifal (Barenboim and Tcherniakov) from Berlin and many more.
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