Photo: Jeanne Susplugas
René Pape is one of the leading international basses and received  his musical education in his native city of Dresden (Kreuzchor and  Musikhochschule Carl Maria von Weber). He made his debut at the  Berlin State Opera in 1988 when he was still a student and has  been a member of the company ever since. His roles include König  Marke, König Heinrich, Wotan / Das Rheingold and Die Walküre,  Gurnemanz, Sarastro, Figaro, Leporello, Don Giovanni, Philip II,  Méphistophélès / Faust and Boris Godunov. He has appeared at all  the most prestigious opera houses and concert halls, performing  as a soloist with the major symphony orchestras and as a recitalist  in Europe, Japan and the USA and at the Bayreuth, Glyndebourne,  Lucerne, Orange, Salzburg, St. Petersburg White Nights and  Verbier Festivals. Among his recordings are Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg   (Chicago Symphony, Sir Georg Solti),  Fidelio / Rocco, Lohengrin /  König Heinrich and Tannhäuser / Landgraf (Staatskapelle Berlin,  Daniel Barenboim), Tristan und Isolde / König Marke (Antonio  Pappano), Parsifal / Gurnemanz, Das Rheingold / Die Walküre /  Wotan (Valery Gergiev), Die Zauberflöte / Sarastro (Claudio  Abbado), Mozart: Requiem, Haydn: Die Schöpfung and Die  Jahreszeiten (Sir Georg Solti), Mahler: Symphony No. 8 (Sir Colin  Davis), Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (Daniel Barenboim and Franz  Welser-Möst). Verdi: Messa da Requiem for (Antonio Pappano and  Daniel Barenboim). TV appearances and DVD productions: Le   Nozze di Figaro / Figaro (Daniel Barenboim) and for DGG from the  Metropolitan Opera, New York Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg /  Pogner, Tristan und Isolde / König Marke, Fidelio / Rocco (James  Levine). TV-portrait within the series "Maestro" for ARTE. Film productions  The Magic Flute / Sarastro and Sprecher, directed by Kenneth  Branagh and The Hunter's Bride / Der Freischütz. Solo-CD "Gods,  Kings & Demons", Staatskapelle Dresden and a Wagner-CD,  Staatskapelle Berlin/Daniel Barenboim (release in 2011) for DGG.  René Pape has won two Grammy Awards and is Vocalist of the  Year 2002 of the magazine "Musical America". January 2007,  "Opera News Award", New York. ”MET Mastersinger” honored by  the Metropolitan Opera Guild in October 2010. Representation: General Management / Worldwide