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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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Lied Recitals in Europe

2 May 2015 — This summer, René Pape travels across Europe on a recital tour, in collaboration with pianist Camillo Radicke. This tour reprises their critically acclaimed program from last fall’s recital at The Metropolitan Opera, the first bass recital in 30 years at the house. The program includes works in four languages, with songs by Beethoven, Dvorák, Mussorgsky, and Quilter.

Of his Met recital, Zachary Woolfe of The New York Times stated: 

"Mr. Pape is elegantly restrained, a natural storyteller who draws you in slowly and carefully, yet confidently, rarely grabbing you by the lapels but effective, nevertheless, at making you listen . . . His final encore, “If Ever I Would Leave You,” from Lerner and Loewe’s “Camelot,” summed up the recital: calm, burnished, decorous, gorgeous.

They begin the tour on May 10 at Milan’s renowned Teatro alla Scala, and continue on May 29 at the Konzerthaus Dortmund, and June 8 at the Zurich Opera House. Mr. Pape is also featured in recital at the Berlin State Opera on June 21, with frequent collaborator and acclaimed conductor Daniel Barenboim on piano.

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Beethoven's 'Missa solemnis' with the Dresden Philharmonic

22 April 2015 — René Pape joins Sebastian Weigle and the Dresden Philharmonic for a performance of Beethoven's epic Missa solemnis, in Dresden's famed Kreuzkirche on April 26. Mr. Pape is also joined by an acclaimed group of soloist colleagues for this concert, including soprano Ľuba Orgonášová, mezzo-soprano Marina Prudenskaya, and tenor Christian Elsner, along with the MDR Rundfunkchor.

There is a DVD available (via Amazon) of Mr. Pape singing the work, celebrating the 2008 reopening of Dresden's Frauenkirche. 

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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

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