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Mr. Pape sings Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte at the Bayerische Staatsoper

23 June 2017 — Mr. Pape stars in one of his signature roles, Sarastro from Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, on July 6 and 8 at the Bayerische Staatsoper. He returns to the role after having sung Sarastro on many of the world's most prestigious stages, including the Wiener Staatsoper, The Metropolitan Opera, Opéra National de Paris, and the Staatsoper Berlin. Hailed as "a commanding presence" (New York Classical Review) and "stupendous" (The New York Times), Pape has been featured in the role several times on recordings. His discography includes DVD/Blu-ray releases from the Salzburg Festival and The Metropolitan Opera, and a CD conducted by Claudio Abbado

In this Bayerische Staatsoper production by August Everding, Mr. Pape sings alongside Matthew Polenzani as Tamino, Hanna Elisabeth Müller as Pamina, Olga Pudova as the Königin der Nacht, Michael Nagy as Papageno, and Paula Iancic as Papagena, with conductor Asher Fisch leading from the pit.  

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Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 at Vienna's Musikverein

10 June 2017 — Mr. Mr. Pape performs as the bass soloist in Beethoven's 9th Symphony on June 21 and 22 at the Musikverein in Vienna.  Philippe Jordan conducts the Wiener Symphoniker, with other soloists to complete the vocal quartet including soprano Anja Kampe, mezzo-soprano Daniela Sindram, and tenor Burkhard Fritz. One of his trademark pieces, Mr. Pape has performed and recorded this masterpiece multiple times throughout his career. The program begins with the Choral Fantasy for Piano, Choir and Orchestra in C minor Op. 80 with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. 
Prepare for this thrilling Beethoven concert series with a YouTube excerpt of Mr. Pape performing the Symphony with the BBC Proms in 2012, or by purchasing the Franz Welser-Möst led recording of Beethoven's 9th with The Cleveland Orchestra: http://amzn.to/2rvPY0f

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Tristan und Isolde with Valery Gergiev

1 June 2017 — Mr. Pape sings the role of King Marke, from Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, in Saint Petersburg, Russia on June 15 and 16. The performances are part of the White Nights Music Festival, which celebrates long summer evenings with daylight stretching into the night. Celebrated Russian conductor Valery Gergiev conducts a concert version of Acts II and III of the opera in the beautiful Mariinsky Concert Hall. Mr. Pape is joined by Mikhail Vekua as Tristan, Heidi Melton as Isolde, Yevgeny Nikitin as  Kurwenal, and Ekaterina Gubanova as Brangäne. Known as one of Mr. Pape's signature roles, he is hailed as the King Marke of his generation, and has sung the role in opera houses throughout the world, to rave reviews. WQXR wrote of his recent portrayal at The Metropolitan Opera, "...[a] peerless self with his vocally clean, but dramatically powerful King Marke portrayal, pacing the stage in rumination during his great Act II soliloquy." The Mariinsky Theater will be releasing a live recording of René Pape singing lead roles in both Tristan und Isolde and Das Rheingold. Watch Mr. Pape speak about singing in Saint Petersburg via YouTube

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Teatro alla Scala Recital

30 May 2017 — René Pape will present a solo recital at Milan's prestigious Teatro alla Scala on June 5.  Accompanied by pianist Camillo Radicke, Mr. Pape will perform a selection of works by a diverse list of composers.  He begins the program with Mozart's "Die ihr des unermesslichen Weltalls Schöpfer ehrt," followed by a selection of lieder by Wolf and Schubert.  The second half of the program opens with the French mélodie  "La Chanson de Maître Floh" by Meyerbeer. Mussorgsky's "Mephistopheles’ Song in Auerbach’s Cellar - Song of the Flea" sung in French, and a selection of songs by Sibelius round out this evening of music.  


Mr. Pape's 2017 summer season continues with a gala concert at the Hungarian State Opera, conducted by Jonas Alber, on June 10.

 

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