Metropolitan Opera ‘Macbeth’ available soon on DVD

29 September 2015 — René Pape’s 2014 Metropolitan Opera performance as Banquo in Verdi’s Macbeth can be seen on DVD and Blu-ray formats beginning October 30, and is now available for pre-order via Amazon. The production features a thrilling cast, including Željko Lučić in the title role and Anna Netrebko as Lady Macbeth, with Fabio Luisi leading the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus. Mr. Pape’s portrayal of the ill-fated general garnered spectacular acclaim from critics:

 “The formidable bass René Pape makes a gravely dignified Banquo, a general in Duncan’s army, who is murdered by assassins at the command of Macbeth: The witches have foretold that Banquo will be the father of kings to come, and Macbeth cannot take a chance.”

Anthony Tommasini – The New York Times 



‘Elektra’ in concert with the Bayerische Staatsorchester

25 August 2015 — René Pape sings Orest in a concert presentation of Strauss’ Elektra on September 13 at the George Enescu Festival in Bucharest. Orest is a signature role for Mr. Pape, whose previous performances have been heralded by audiences and critics alike: “The great bass René Pape was a vocal and dramatic giant in the role of Orest, Elektra's exiled brother . . . “ (The New York Times)


Don Carlo at the Bayerische Staatsoper

23 July 2015 — René Pape returns to the Bayerische Staatsoper this summer in one of his signature roles, Philipp II in Verdi's Don Carlo. He has previously performed this role to great acclaim:

nsinging Philip for the first time at the Met was the astounding German bass René Pape, who so dominated the performance that Verdi’s “Don Carlo” might have been renamed “The Tragedy of King Philip.”
In a move to end a horrific war between their countries, Elisabeth, the daughter of Henri II of France, has been given in marriage to Philip. Yet she and Don Carlo, who were initially betrothed, are deeply in love. Here, though, the Spanish king was the tall, charismatic and robust-voiced Mr. Pape. Who would not rather be married to this Philip?
Mr. Pape was wrenching in the immensely sad aria when the emotionally shattered king, alone in his chamber, realizes that he has alienated his son, is unloved by his wife and is feared by his people. And in the scene that follows, the bass Samuel Ramey as the Grand Inquisitor, a fanatical cleric who intimidates the king into cracking down on all dissent, proved a chilling match for Mr. Pape’s beleaguered king. The veteran Mr. Ramey has a wobble in his sustained tones these days, but it actually enhanced his portrayal of this aged, blind and maniacal character


Sarastro in Münich

1 June 2015 — This month, René Pape reprises the role of Sarastro in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at the Bayerische Staatsoper. Performances take place June 15, 17 & 20, and also feature Matthew Polenzani as Tamino, Christina Landshamer as Pamina, Michael Nagy as Papageno, and Elsa Benoit as Papagena, with Asher Fisch leading the Bayerisches Staatsorchester and Chorus. 


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