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Michael Volle

Michael Volle is one of the most sought-after singers of our time. The baritone is a mainstay at the most renowned opera houses in the world including the Metropolitan Opera New York, the State Operas in Munich and Vienna, the Teatro alla Scala Milan, the Royal Opera House London, Opéra National de Paris and the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Staatsoper Berlin.

Biography:

Michael Volle is one of the most sought-after singers of our time. The baritone is a mainstay at the most renowned opera houses in the world including the Metropolitan Opera New York, the State Operas in Munich and Vienna, the Teatro alla Scala Milan, the Royal Opera House London, Opéra National de Paris and the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Staatsoper Berlin. Michael Volle maintaines a very special relationship with the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, where he recently starred in two of his signature roles: the title roles of Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer and Verdi’s Falstaff, both under the baton of Daniel Barenboim. The hailed Wagner-singer is also a frequent guest at prestigious festivals such as the Salzburg and Bayreuth, as well as Festspielhaus Baden-Baden.

Michael Volle kicks off the 2018/19 season as Barak in Strauss‘ Die Frau ohne Schatten with the Staatsoper Berlin, where he returned making his long-awaited role debut as  Sir John Falstaff. He then performed Mandryka (Arabella) with Deutsche Oper am Rhein and returned to the Teatro alla Scala Milan singing Orest in Strauss’ Elektra. The part of Mandryka is also vehicle for his return to the stage of Munich’s Nationaltheater and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées Paris. With the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Michael Volle sings Johanaan (Salome), before heading to New York to perform Wotan (Das Rheingold and Die Walküre) and Wanderer (Siegfried) in the Met’s Ring Cycle, under the baton of Philippe Jordan. The baritone closes the operatic season making his role debut as Nabucco in Verdi ‘s homonymous opera with the Zurich Opera and returns as Hans Sachs in the Bayreuth Festival’s performances of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.

Michael Volle is one of the leading interpreters of German repertoire. This includes the title roles in Wagner ‘s Der fliegende Holländer, Wotan/Wanderer in the Ring des Nibelungen, Hans Sachs (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) and Amfortas (Parsifal) as well as roles by Richard Strauss such as Barak (Die Frau ohne Schatten), Johanaan (Salome), Orest (Elektra) and Mandryka (Arabella), Dr. Schön/Jack the Ripper (Lulu) and Wozzeck, both written by Alban Berg. Also, being an extraordinary interpreter of Italian repertoire, Michael Volle starred as Scarpia (Tosca),  with the Metropolitan Opera, opposite Anna Netrebko in the title role, the Vienna Staatsoper and the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and as Jack Rance (La fanciulla del West).

Apart from his operatic career, the baritone sings concerts in the world’s most renowned concert halls and orchestras. His works regularly with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Christian Thielemann, Antonio Pappano, Maris Janssons, Franz Welser-Möst, Valery Gergiev, Thomas Hengelbrock, Simon Rattle and Frieder Bernius. Michael Volle is also a dedicated Lied singer, and gives recitals with Festivals such as the Heidelberger and Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, joined by pianist Helmut Deutsch. Michael Volle has also a close collaboration with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, they recorded a CD with Solo and Dialogue cantatas.

Numerous recordings on CD and DVD, live broadcasts to cinemas worldwide as well the film „The Hunter’s Bride“, based on the opera Der Freischütz, with Michael Volle starring as the evil Kaspar, document the artist’s legislating. Several solo CDs such as „Wagner Arias“ (Orfeo), a Song album with with Helmut Deutsch (Oehms Classics), „Michael Volle sings Brahms“ (Brillant Classics) as well as „Michael Volle: A Portrait“, released with  BR Klassik, top his discography off. Michael Volle was awarded with the German Theatre Price „Faust“and was named “Singer of the Year” by the magazine „Opernwelt“ (2008 and 2014).