René Pape’s Orest featured on Deutsche Grammophon’s live recording of Elektra

27 June 2014 — René Pape’s acclaimed Orest can now be heard on Deutsche Grammophon’s newest recording of Strauss’ Elektra. Recorded live from the Berlin Philharmonie, Pape is joined by an all-star ensemble of singers including Evelyn Herlitzius, Anne Schwanewilms, and Waltraud Meier. Long time collaborator, Christian Thielemann, leads the Dresden Staatskapelle in this truly electrifying and once in a lifetime performance in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the composer.

Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times has written of Pape’s Orest:


“The great bass René Pape was a vocal and dramatic giant in the role of Orest.”

This is an historic release as the opera was premiered in Dresden in 1909, with the Staatskapelle – and the orchestra recorded it only once before in 1960 with Karl Böhm conducting.


Rene Pape Live in HD from the Met in double pack! New DVD releases of GOUNOD: FAUST & Wagner: Parsifal

22 March 2014 — René Pape’s riveting Méphistophélès in Gounod’s Faust from the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD production is now available on DVD. Tony Award winning stage director Desmond McAnuff has set the production in the early 20th Century, with Faust portrayed as an atomic scientist. Jonas Kaufmann is Faust, with Marina Poplavskaya in the role of the innocent Marguerite. The Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD production of Wagner’s Parsifal also brings together an outstanding cast, with Jonas Kaufmann in the title role.


René Pape in recital at the Metropolitan Opera

7 March 2014 — The Metropolitan Opera has announced that on Sunday, September 28th René Pape will take the Met stage in a solo recital, making him the first bass to be featured in recital at the prestigious opera house in nearly thirty years. Together with pianist Camillo Radicke, Pape will present works by Dvořák, Beethoven, Ravel, and Mussorgsky. In 2009 Pape first indulged New York audiences with his triumphant solo recital debut at a sold-out Carnegie Hall eliciting critical praise from all corners.  



René Pape and The Dresden Semperoper ring in the 2014 Richard Strauss Year with Elektra and standing ovations

24 January 2014 — With Christian Thielemann at the helm, and together with the Dresdner Staatskkapelle and a luxury ensemble of singers, René Pape and his hometown have set the standard for this year’s celebrations honoring the 150th anniversary of Richard Strauss. Dresden, which hosted the premieres of numerous Strauss operas within the composer's lifetime, heads up the festivities with the first major opera production, Elektra, and maintains its century long tradition as an address to the world’s finest music. Pape now brings his acclaimed Orest to Dresden audiences 105 years after the opera’s original debut.


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