Upcoming performances at the Metropolitan Opera

9 September 2014 — This fall, René Pape makes a highly anticipated return to the Metropolitan Opera as Banquo in Verdi’s Macbeth, with Maestro Fabio Luisi leading the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and an extraordinary cast including Anna Netrebko as Lady Macbeth, Željko Lucic as Macbeth, and Joseph Calleja as Macduff. Performances take place September 24 & 27, and October 3, 8, 11, 15 & 18. The October 11 performance will also be the first of the Met’s Live in HD Broadcasts this season. In addition to his run as Banquo, Mr. Pape will sing the role of Sarastro in Julie Taymor's critically lauded production of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte at the Met, October 6, 11 & 16.

On September 28 René Pape presents a solo recital at the Metropolitan Opera. In this performance, Mr. Pape and pianist Camillo Radicke will share a rich and varied program, featuring the music of Beethoven, Dvorák, Roger Quilter, and Mussorgsky. See for a preview of the recital, including a complete program listing. 



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.  


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