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Met in HD Season opens with Macbeth featuring René Pape as Banquo

8 October 2014 — Join opera fans across the globe on October 11 for a Live in HD broadcast of The Metropolitan Opera’s Macbeth, featuring René Pape as Banquo. He is joined by a spectacular cast, including Anna Netrebko as Lady Macbeth and Željko Lučić in the title role, with Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi on the podium. This is The Met’s first Live in HD screening of the 2014/15 season. Visit the link for screening information in your region.

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A “triumphant” and “powerful” recital at The Metropolitan Opera

29 September 2014 — René Pape presented a solo recital at The Metropolitan Opera in collaboration with pianist Camillo Radicke, to spectacular critical acclaim. This was the first bass recital on the company’s season since 1984, and this performance opened The Met’s 2014-15 concert season. Mr. Pape’s program consisted of works from several composers including Dvořák, Beethoven, and Mussorgsky.

"Is there a singer on the Metropolitan Opera’s roster more deserving of a solo recital on its stage than René Pape, who received that honor on Sunday afternoon? After nearly 20 years and 200 performances with the company, this German bass’s steady, wine-dark voice and suave presence have become indispensable . . . 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."

Zachary Woolfe - The New York Times

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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 Classicalite.com for a preview of the recital, including a complete program listing. 

 

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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.

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