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Schubertiade debut in Schwarzenberg

5 August 2017 — René Pape makes his debut at the renowned Schubertiade Festival in Schwarzenberg, Austria. Founded in 1976, the Festival is an homage to the Schubertiade events that were held during Schubert's lifetime. In the early 1800s in Vienna, patrons and artists would gather at the homes of wealthy music lovers where informal concerts were held. The composer himself was often in attendance, and took part in these musical soirées. While the concerts given at the Schubertiade today are more formalized, they seek to celebrate this Austrian pastime with lieder concerts given by many of the world's leading interpreters of vocal chamber music. On August 25, Mr. Pape debuts at the festival, accompanied by pianist Camillo Radicke. Their program begins with Die ihr des unermesslichen Weltalls Schöpfer ehrt by Mozart, followed by Eine kleine deutsche Kantate, also composed by Mozart with poetry by Ziegenhagen. Two lied cycles, the first, Beethoven's Gellert cycle, and the second, Schubert's Heine cycle, round out the first half of the program. More contemporary pieces are presented after intermission: Quilter's Shakespeare Songs, and seven songs by Sibelius. 

Mr. Pape frequently performs in recital at the world's most prestigious venues, to sold out crowds, and rave reviews. Carnegie Hall, the Gran Teatre del Liceu, The Metropolitan Opera, Opéra National de Paris, and Wigmore Hall have all hosted his liederabends. Earlier this summer, Mr. Pape also performed a lieder recital at the Edinburgh International Festival. Mr. Pape travels next to Prague, where he performs Dvořák's Stabat Mater on September 7

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René Pape honored as a Kammersänger in Munich

7 July 2017 — René Pape was honored as a Kammersänger of the Bayerische Staatsoper on July 6, following a performance of Die Zauberflöte in which he sang Sarastro. He joins an artistic roster including Jonas Kaufmann, Diana Damrau, Fritz Wunderlich, Edda Moser, and others in receiving this honor, given to distinguished opera singers. This is the second time Mr. Pape has been made Kammersänger of a theater, having already received the honor from the Staatsoper Berlin. Other awards include an ECHO Klassik Award for his solo recording Gods, Kings and Demons and “Artist of the Year” from the German Critics Association in 2006.

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'Tristan und Isolde' in Bayreuth

5 July 2017 — Mr. Pape returns to the Bayreuth Opera Festival this summer, for the first time in twenty years, to sing the role of King Marke in Wagner's Tristan und Isolde.  The show opens on Wednesday, July 26, and is followed by five additional performances on August 2, 6, 12, 16 & 20. Conducted by Christian Thielemann, Mr. Pape is joined on stage by Stephen Gould as Tristan, Petra Lang singing Isolde, Iain Paterson as Kurwenal, Christa Meyer as Brangäne, and Raimond Nolte who sings Melot. Pape has performed King Marke multiple times throughout his career, including at The Metropolitan Opera, where Opera News lauded his portrayal as having "melancholy dignity and sumptuously textured bass." He also performed the role earlier this season in Saint Petersburg, Russia, under the baton of Valery Gergiev.  

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Mr. Pape performs at the Edinburgh Festival

28 June 2017 — Mr. Pape performs at The Queen's Hall in Edinburgh on Monday, August 14, as part of the Edinburgh International Festival.  He will present a program of songs, including works by Beethoven, Dvořák, Quilter, and Mussorgsky. He will be joined by German pianist Camillo Radicke, with whom Pape has frequently collaborated with in the past. The Edinburgh Festival takes place from August 4 - 28, and features a diverse list of events. Opera, Dance, Talks, Theatre, and Contemporary Music are all performed over this three-week period when the city welcomes renowned artists from around the world. Mr. Pape's performance will also be broadcast live on Radio BBC 3, giving fans around the world the opportunity to listen to this event. 

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