'Don Carlo' in Zurich

15 November 2016 — René Pape sings King Philip II, a signature role, in Verdi's Don Carlo this winter. Mr. Pape takes the stage at the Opernhaus Zurich for performances on November 27 and December 1, 4, 7 & 10, with a cast that includes Ramon Vargas in the title role, Anja Harteros as Elisabetta, Peter Mattei as Rodrigo, and Marina Prudenskaya sings Princess Eboli.

November 27
December 1, 4, 7 &


René Pape stars as 'Mefistofele' on new DVD/Blu-ray release

2 November 2016 — A new DVD/Blu-ray release of René Pape's electric portrayal of the title role in Boito's Mefistofele from the Bayerische Staatsoper is now available for pre-order via &

"René Pape sings with the entirety of his soul. His debut in this role was more than convincing. It is amazing, his voice and gestures as Mephistopheles will certainly be a performance to remember. His voice is beautiful, large, even if the range is truly low, and crosses the fine line between evil, deceit and undoubtedly the voluptuousness of what Boito wanted for his character." (Opera World)


René Pape is "peerless" and "magnificent" as König Marke in 'Tristan und Isolde' at The Met

27 September 2016 — "In this muddy space King Marke, his white uniform one of the few touches of light in the darkness, was a futile defender of clarity and rightness — particularly as sung by René Pape, who remains unequaled and magnificent ..."

Anne Midgette - Washington Post

"... the formidable bass René Pape appears as the king, wearing a handsome white military uniform. Marke is less angry than hurt and confused by Tristan’s betrayal with the woman who is to become queen. Mr. Pape brought opulent sound and affecting dignity to the king’s aching monologue." 

Anthony Tommasini - The New York Times


New production of 'Tristan und Isolde' at The Metropolitan Opera

3 September 2016 — René Pape sings King Marke, one of his signature roles, in a spectacular new production of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde this season at The Metropolitan Opera. The staging, directed by Mariusz Treliński, opens the Met's 2016/17 season, with performances from September 26 through October 27. This highly anticipated production will also receive a Live in HD broadcast to theaters worldwide on October 8.


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