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Michael Volle is one of the foremost German baritones. He has been a student of the distinguished singers Josef Metternich and Rudolf Piernay and has won various singing competitions including the CIEM in Geneva and the Neue Stimmen in Gütersloh. First permanent engagements at the Nationaltheater Mannheim, Bonn and Cologne. From 1999 until 2007 Michael Volle was a regular member of the Zurich Opera House were since then he has interpreted so important roles like Beckmesser in the new production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (leading team: Welser-Möst/ Lehnhoff), Eugen Onegin (under Vladimir Fedosseyev), Golaud/Pelléas et Mélisande , Marcello/La Bohème , Le Nozze di Figaro /Count. In 2009 role debuts as Barak in a new production of Die Frau ohne Schatten and in 2012 as Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg also in the Zurich Opera House. Since the 2007/2008 season Michael Volle has been a member of the Munich State Opera, singing the title roles of Eugen Onegin and Wozzeck (both new productions) and further roles like Count/Le Nozze di Figaro , Morone, Kurwenal, Amfortas, Wolfram, Amonasro. Guest performances at the important international opera houses so at the Royal

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Michael Volle is one of the foremost German baritones. He has been a student of the distinguished singers Josef Metternich and Rudolf Piernay and has won various singing competitions including the CIEM in Geneva and the Neue Stimmen in Gütersloh.

First permanent engagements at the Nationaltheater Mannheim, Bonn and Cologne. From 1999 until 2007 Michael Volle was a regular member of the Zurich Opera House were since then he has interpreted so important roles like Beckmesser in the new production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (leading team: Welser-Möst/ Lehnhoff), Eugen Onegin (under Vladimir Fedosseyev), Golaud/Pelléas et Mélisande , Marcello/La Bohème , Le Nozze di Figaro /Count. In 2009 role debuts as Barak in a new production of Die Frau ohne Schatten and in 2012 as Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg also in the Zurich Opera House.

Since the 2007/2008 season Michael Volle has been a member of the Munich State Opera, singing the title roles of Eugen Onegin and Wozzeck (both new productions) and further roles like Count/Le Nozze di Figaro , Morone, Kurwenal, Amfortas, Wolfram, Amonasro.

Guest performances at the important international opera houses so at the Royal Opera House London (2008: Salome/Jochanaan, 2009: Lulu /Dr. Schön and Jack the Ripper, Tristan und Isolde/Kurwenal, 2011: Aida / Amonasro, 2013: Tosca/Scarpia), Opéra National de Paris (Arabella /Mandryka, 2012), Théâtre de la Monnaie Brussels and the Berlin, Dresden, Hamburg and Vienna State Operas. Debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York in 2014.

Mr. Volle is a regular performer at the leading festivals such as the Munich Opera Festival, Baden-Baden, Salz- burg Festival (Tamare in the new production of Die Gezeichneten , leading team: Nagano/Lehnhoff, 2005), Bayreuth Festival 2007 and 2008: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg /Beckmesser (production by Katharina Wagner).

Michael Volle dedicates also a great part of his career to lied recitals and to concert commitments with leading orchestras and with important conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Maurizio Pollini, Seiji Ozawa, Charles Dutoit, Riccardo Muti, Franz Welser-Möst, Antonio Pappano, Lawrence Foster, Rostropowitch, Kent Nagano, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Thomas Hengelbrock, Marek Janowski, Mariss Jansons, Philippe Herreweghe, James Conlon, James Levine.

TV appearances/ARTE, CD and DVD recordings on the EMI, HARMONIA MUNDI, ARTHAUS, NAXOS, OEHMS CLASSICS and PHILIPS labels. Film production The Hunter's Bride/Der Freischütz (2009). Michael Volle is recipient of the important German Theatre Award "Faust" and "Singer of the Year" by the opera magazine "Opernwelt".

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"Michael Volle is one of the finest German baritones. At 51 he is in full vocal and artistic maturity, with a wide and well-modulated voice, very homogeneous and keenly aware how to best express feelings with it. Michael Volle proved to be the excellent baritone with good expressive skills he is and the audience lapped up the four encores he offered, where he displayed a smart sense of humor. He was accompanied on the piano by Helmut Deutsch, a real authority in this type of music. "

Seen and Heard International, José MªIrurzun