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Don Carlo at the Bayerische Staatsoper

23 July 2015 — René Pape returns to the Bayerische Staatsoper this summer in one of his signature roles, Philipp II in Verdi's Don Carlo. He has previously performed this role to great acclaim:

nd singing Philip for the first time at the Met was the astounding German bass René Pape, who so dominated the performance that Verdi’s “Don Carlo” might have been renamed “The Tragedy of King Philip.”
In a move to end a horrific war between their countries, Elisabeth, the daughter of Henri II of France, has been given in marriage to Philip. Yet she and Don Carlo, who were initially betrothed, are deeply in love. Here, though, the Spanish king was the tall, charismatic and robust-voiced Mr. Pape. Who would not rather be married to this Philip?
Mr. Pape was wrenching in the immensely sad aria when the emotionally shattered king, alone in his chamber, realizes that he has alienated his son, is unloved by his wife and is feared by his people. And in the scene that follows, the bass Samuel Ramey as the Grand Inquisitor, a fanatical cleric who intimidates the king into cracking down on all dissent, proved a chilling match for Mr. Pape’s beleaguered king. The veteran Mr. Ramey has a wobble in his sustained tones these days, but it actually enhanced his portrayal of this aged, blind and maniacal character.

"And singing Philip for the first time at the Met was the astounding German bass René Pape, who so dominated the performance that Verdi’s “Don Carlo” might have been renamed “The Tragedy of King Philip" . . . 

In a move to end a horrific war between their countries, Elisabeth, the daughter of Henri II of France, has been given in marriage to Philip. Yet she and Don Carlo, who were initially betrothed, are deeply in love. Here, though, the Spanish king was the tall, charismatic and robust-voiced Mr. Pape. Who would not rather be married to this Philip? Mr. Pape was wrenching in the immensely sad aria when the emotionally shattered king, alone in his chamber, realizes that he has alienated his son, is unloved by his wife and is feared by his people."

Anthony Tommasini - The New York Times

Pape is joined by Alfred Kim as Don Carlos, Simone Piazzola as the Marquis de Posa, Anja Harteros as Elisabetta, and Anna Smirnova as Princess Eboli. Asher Fisch leads the Bayerische Staatsorchester and Chor for these sold-out performances, taking place July 24, 27 & 30.

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Sarastro in Münich

1 June 2015 — This month, René Pape reprises the role of Sarastro in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at the Bayerische Staatsoper. Performances take place June 15, 17 & 20, and also feature Matthew Polenzani as Tamino, Christina Landshamer as Pamina, Michael Nagy as Papageno, and Elsa Benoit as Papagena, with Asher Fisch leading the Bayerisches Staatsorchester and Chorus. 

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Lied Recitals in Europe

2 May 2015 — This summer, René Pape travels across Europe on a recital tour, in collaboration with pianist Camillo Radicke. This tour reprises their critically acclaimed program from last fall’s recital at The Metropolitan Opera, the first bass recital in 30 years at the house. The program includes works in four languages, with songs by Beethoven, Dvorák, Mussorgsky, and Quilter.

Of his Met recital, Zachary Woolfe of The New York Times stated: 

"Mr. Pape is elegantly restrained, a natural storyteller who draws you in slowly and carefully, yet confidently, rarely grabbing you by the lapels but effective, nevertheless, at making you listen . . . His final encore, “If Ever I Would Leave You,” from Lerner and Loewe’s “Camelot,” summed up the recital: calm, burnished, decorous, gorgeous.

They begin the tour on May 10 at Milan’s renowned Teatro alla Scala, and continue on May 29 at the Konzerthaus Dortmund, and June 8 at the Zurich Opera House. Mr. Pape is also featured in recital at the Berlin State Opera on June 21, with frequent collaborator and acclaimed conductor Daniel Barenboim on piano.

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Beethoven's 'Missa solemnis' with the Dresden Philharmonic

22 April 2015 — René Pape joins Sebastian Weigle and the Dresden Philharmonic for a performance of Beethoven's epic Missa solemnis, in Dresden's famed Kreuzkirche on April 26. Mr. Pape is also joined by an acclaimed group of soloist colleagues for this concert, including soprano Ľuba Orgonášová, mezzo-soprano Marina Prudenskaya, and tenor Christian Elsner, along with the MDR Rundfunkchor.

There is a DVD available (via Amazon) of Mr. Pape singing the work, celebrating the 2008 reopening of Dresden's Frauenkirche. 

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Gurnemanz in a new Parsifal at the Berlin State Opera

15 March 2015 — René Pape returns to the Berlin State Opera in Wagner’s epic Parsifal, opening on March 28 at the Staatsoper Im Schiller Theater. This new production, directed and designed by Dmitri Tcherniakov, features Mr. Pape as Gurnemanz, a role that has won him tremendous critical acclaim:

“ . . . the great bass René Pape is the veteran knight Gurnemanz, a role he owns . . . Mr. Pape’s Gurnemanz sings with a mix of chilling reproach and baffled grief. Authority is built into Mr. Pape’s powerful, deep voice and crisp, natural diction.”

Anthony Tommasini – The New York Times

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