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René Pape, one of the international leading basses of the younger generation, received his musical education in his native city Dresden. He was a member of the traditional Dresden Kreuzchor (1974-1981). Still being a student, René Pape debuted at the Berlin State Opera in 1988, where since then he is a regular member. Here René Pape interprets the main roles of his repertoire, so e.g. Ramphis under Zubin Mehta, Sarastro, Rocco. Fasolt/ Hunding/Pogner/König Marke (new production April 2000), producer: Harry Kupfer, all these roles under the musical direction of Daniel Barenboim. New productions Le Nozze di Figaro/Figaro (May 1999) and Don Giovanni/Leporello (June 2000) and role debut Don Giovanni (May 2002), conductor: Daniel Barenboim. From Berlin René Pape develops his impressive career. Wolfgang Wagner engaged the artist for the Bayreuth Festival, role of Fasolt/Das Rheingold in the Kirchner/ Levine Ring (1994 until 1997). Debut Salzburg Easter Festival 1990 (conductor: Kurt Masur). For the Salzburg Festival 1991 the artist sang Sarastro in the Johannes Schaaf/Sir Georg Solti production. Since then René Pape has numerous reinvitations from the Salzburg Festival - in 1996 he was highly acclaimed as Rocco in the Wernicke/Solti production and in 1998 as Philipp

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René Pape, one of the international leading basses of the younger generation, received his musical education in his native city Dresden. He was a member of the traditional Dresden Kreuzchor (1974-1981). Still being a student, René Pape debuted at the Berlin State Opera in 1988, where since then he is a regular member. Here René Pape interprets the main roles of his repertoire, so e.g. Ramphis under Zubin Mehta, Sarastro, Rocco. Fasolt/ Hunding/Pogner/König Marke (new production April 2000), producer: Harry Kupfer, all these roles under the musical direction of Daniel Barenboim. New productions Le Nozze di Figaro/Figaro (May 1999) and Don Giovanni/Leporello (June 2000) and role debut Don Giovanni (May 2002), conductor: Daniel Barenboim. From Berlin René Pape develops his impressive career.

Wolfgang Wagner engaged the artist for the Bayreuth Festival, role of Fasolt/Das Rheingold in the Kirchner/ Levine Ring (1994 until 1997). Debut Salzburg Easter Festival 1990 (conductor: Kurt Masur). For the Salzburg Festival 1991 the artist sang Sarastro in the Johannes Schaaf/Sir Georg Solti production. Since then René Pape has numerous reinvitations from the Salzburg Festival - in 1996 he was highly acclaimed as Rocco in the Wernicke/Solti production and in 1998 as Philipp/Don Carlos under Lorin Maazel followed by DonGiovanni/ Leporello (August 2000), Valerij Gergiev conducting and returning in 2002 for Magic Flute/Sarastro.

René Pape sang Sarastro at La Scala di Milano 1991 under Sir Georg Solti. In the Lievi/Bertini production in Frankfurt he made his role debut as Banquo, he sang for the first time Philipp/Don Carlos in Basel (1992) in the new production staged by Ruth Berghaus. The Vienna State Opera engaged the artist for several roles (and spe- cial mention should be made to the performance of Die Walküre under Daniel Barenboim, June 1996, singing Hunding joining Waltraud Meier and Plácido Domingo), contracts now until 2004/2005 for roles like König Heinrich, Philipp, Hunding. On the occasion of the EXPO Sevilla 1992 René Pape appeared for the first time with the Metropolitan Opera New York and since then he is a regular guest artist of that company: Fasolt/1997, König Heinrich/1998, König Marke/1999, Rocco/2000/01, all productions conducted by James Levine (contracts until including 2005). René Pape sang Pogner at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in their new production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in 1999 under Christian Thielemann and König Marke/Tristan und Isolde in January 2000 under the direction of Semyon Bychkov, returning in 2005 for a new production of Fidelio/Rocco (Sir Andrew Davis). The artist made his highly successful debuts at the Royal Opera House London (Palestrina and Lohengrin) in February 1997 – reinvitation for Lohengrin in 2003 under the direction of Antonio Pappano - and at the Opera National Paris (Bastille) as König Marke in 1998 and as Philipp/Don Carlos in 2000/01. Debut San Francisco Opera, autumn 2001, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg/Pogner. Guest appearances in Japan in 2001 with the Metropolitan Opera New York (Verdi-Requiem under James Levine) and 2002 with the Berlin State Opera (conductor: Daniel Barenboim). Orange Festival, summer 2002. Glyndebourne Festival 2003: new production Tristan und Isolde.

Equally at home on the concert platform, René Pape has appeared in all major concert halls all over the world, so in Tokyo, Madrid, London, Florence (Maggio Musicale), New York Philharmonic (Sir Colin Davis/Verdi-Requiem and Kurt Masur, Beethoven 9th Symphony), Chicago Symphony (under Sir Georg Solti and Daniel Barenboim), Orchestre de Paris (Daniel Barenboim and Semyon Bychkov), Philadelphia Orchestra under Wolfgang Sawallisch, Berlin Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic and Boston Symphony under James Levine.

 

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"The devil may not always get the best tunes via Gounod’s pen, but René Pape dominated proceedings from the off. His gentleman-devil was the suave, affable kind, seeming to have enormous fun with the role. Pape’s Méphistophélès is very close to Bryn Terfel’s in phrasing and tone, although he possesses a blacker bass to plumb the depths vocally to effortless effect"

Opera Britannia by Mark Pullinger

"C'est vrai aussi pour le Philippe II immense de René Pape. Enfin une vraie basse chantante en roi d'Espagne, qui ne recule ni devant l'aigu ni devant le grave et qui ne se repose pas sur la seule splendeur de la voix mais ose le murmure autant que le cri, mord les consonnes, frappe les voyelles pour dessiner un monarque terrible et pitoyable. "

Forum Opera by Christophe Rizoud

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Discography