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


Macbeth in Berlin

24 January 2015 — René Pape sings Banquo in Verdi’s dark and dominant Macbeth this winter at the Staatsoper Berlin. Enjoy this video of Mr. Pape singing the aria “Come dal ciel precipita” at The Met earlier this season, which critics heralded as “nobly haunting,” “splendid,” and “a bit of luxury casting” in the role.  

Pape sings alongside a remarkable cast including Plácido Domingo in the title role, Liudmyla Monastyrska as Lady Macbeth, and Rolando Villazón as Macduff, with Daniel Barenboim leading the forces of the Staatsopernchor and the Staatskapelle Berlin. Performances for this sold-out run take place February 7, 11, 15, 19, 22 & 28


European Recital Tour

5 January 2015 — This season, René Pape travels across Europe on a recital tour with pianist Camillo Radicke. This tour reprises Mr. Pape’s critically acclaimed program from last fall’s recital at The Metropolitan Opera, the first bass recital in 30 years at the Met. That “triumphant” and “powerful” program incorporated music in four languages, from a distinct variety of composers including Beethoven, Dvorák, Mussorgsky, and Quilter, which will now be enjoyed by audiences throughout the continent.  


Elektra album receives Grammy nomination!

12 December 2014 — The 2014 release of Richard Strauss’ Elektra on Deutsche Grammophon has been nominated for a Grammy in the “Best Opera Recording” category. René Pape is featured on this album as Orest, a role for which he has received much critical acclaim:

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

Anthony Tommasini – The New York Times

Album Review:

“René Pape’s unbending tone and delivery skillfully paves the way for the final, terrifying scenes.”

Gavin Plumley – Sinfini Music

Evelyn Herlitzius sings Elektra and Waltraud Meier is Klytemnestra on this spectacular recording. Maestro Christians Thielemann, widely regarded as one of the finest Strauss interpreters of our time, leads the Staatskapelle Dresden on this album, which celebrates the sesquicentennial of Strauss’ birth from a live performance earlier this year at the Berlin Philharmonie. 

This two-disc set is available for purchase via Amazon.  


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