Michael Volle

Michael Volle is one of the most sought-after singers of our time. The baritone is a mainstay at the most renowned opera houses in the world including the Metropolitan Opera New York, the State Operas in Munich and Vienna, the Teatro alla Scala Milan, the Royal Opera House London, Opéra National de Paris and the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Staatsoper Berlin. Michael Volle maintains a very special relationship with the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, where he recently starred as Jack Rance in a new production of Puccini’s La fanciulla del West, under the baton of Sir Antonio Pappano and in the title role of Verdi’s Falstaff. The hailed Wagner singer is also a frequent guest at prestigious festivals such as the Salzburg and Bayreuth, as well as Festspielhaus Baden-Baden.
The 21/22 season brings four exciting roles with Berlin State Opera for Michael Volle: the versatile baritone can be heard in the title role of Verdi’s Falstaff as well the High Priest in Samson et Dalila and as Jack Rance in the revival of La faniciulla del West. During the festival performances, Michael Volle interprets the title role of Don Giovanni in of the State Opera’s new production of Mozart’s masterpiece, led by Daniel Barenboim. In one of his signature roles, Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, the excellent Wagner singer returns to the Metropolitan Opera, sings Wolfram Tannhäuser with the Semperoper Dresden and Wotan Das Rheingold both, in concert on a tour with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin throughout Europe as well as in a gala performance during the Wagner Festival with Leipzig Opera. The baritone can also be heard as Scarpia Tosca in a gala performance of Theater Dortmund, as well as at the Royal Opera House Convent Garden in London. He sings Guy de Montfort in a new production of Les vêpres siciliennes with the Deutsche Oper Berlin and one of his all-time favorites, Barak in Strauss‘ Die Frau ohne Schatten, during the Opera Festival of the Bavarian State Oper Munich. On the concert stage, the sought after singer is as equally active: he starts the season with Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death joining stage with renowned pianist Martha Agerich at the Lausitz Festival, sings Bach’s St. John Passion with the Münchner Bachchor in Bucharest, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle in Zurich, Die schöne Magelone at the Philharmonie Essen, the opening concert of Salzburg’s Mozartwoche as well as Mahler’s Lied von der Erde in Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie and Laeiszhalle.
Highlights of the 2020/21 season do include his highly acclaimed role debut of Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunow at the Opernhaus Zurich, his debut as Jack Rance in Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West under the baton of Sir Antonio Pappano at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin, his Hans Sachs in Wagner‘s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg as well as Amfortas in a  concert performance of Parsifal at the Bayreuth Festival. He also joined the stage with Plácido Domingo at the Bolshoi Theater Moscow and sang Haydn’s Die Schöpfung with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra under the baton of Zubin Mehta in Florence. He could also be heard in the Metropolitan Opera’s “Wagnerians in concert”, streamed live worldwide. Numerous recitals and concerts took Michael Volle to the Lausitz Festival, Taggenbrunn, Brucknerhaus Linz, to MÜPA Budapest, to the Martha Agerich Festival at the Laeiszhalle Hamburg and the Richard Wagner Museum Bayreuth for a recital with pianist Helmut Deutsch.
Performances as Johanaan Salome at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan and in Baden-Baden, as Barak Die Frau ohne Schatten and Scarpia Tosca in New York, as Holländer Der fliegende Holländer in Wiesbaden, Munich, London and Berlin, as Sachs Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in Bayreuth, as Mandryka Arabella in Wien, as Don Giovanni in Karlsruhe, as Wotan/Wanderer The ring of the Nibelung in Dresden, Méphistophélès in Berlioz‘ La Damnation de Faust with the Hamburg Symphonic as well as nuermous concerts and recitals were cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic. .
Highlights of the 19/20 season include five roles with Berlin State Opera: Wotan Das Rheingold and Die Walküre, Wanderer Siegfried, his role debut as Herr Fluth in Otto Nicolai‘s The merry wives of Windsor, as well as High Priest in Camille Saint-Säens‘ Samson et Dalila, all under the baton of Daniel Barenboim. Jochanaan in Richard Strauss‘ Salome and Orest Elektra were the vehicles for his return to Vienna State Opera and the third Strauss role that season was Barak Die Frau ohne Schatten, he performed in concert with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Yannick Nézet-Séguin in Paris, Dortmund and Rotterdam.
Michael Volle is one of the leading interpreters of German repertoire. This includes the title roles in Wagner ‘s Der fliegende Holländer, Wotan/Wanderer in the Ring of the Nibelung, Hans Sachs Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Amfortas Parsifal as well as roles by Richard Strauss such as Barak Die Frau ohne Schatten, Johanaan Salome, Orest Elektra and Mandryka Arabella, Dr. Schön/Jack the Ripper Lulu and Wozzeck, both written by Alban Berg. Also, being an extraordinary interpreter of Italian repertoire, Michael Volle starred as Scarpia Tosca, with the Metropolitan Opera, opposite Anna Netrebko in the title role, the Vienna State Opera and the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and as Jack Rance La fanciulla del West.
Apart from his operatic career, the baritone sings concerts in the world’s most renowned concert halls and orchestras. His works regularly with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Christian Thielemann, Antonio Pappano, Mariss Jansons, Franz Welser-Möst, Valery Gergiev, Thomas Hengelbrock, Simon Rattle and Frieder Bernius. Michael Volle is also a dedicated Lied singer and gives recitals with Festivals such as the Heidelberger and Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, joined by pianist Helmut Deutsch. Michael Volle has also a close collaboration with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, they recorded a CD with Solo and Dialogue cantatas.
Numerous recordings on CD and DVD, live broadcasts to cinemas worldwide as well the film The Hunter’s Bride, based on the opera Der Freischütz, with Michael Volle starring as the evil Kaspar, document the artist’s legislating. Several solo CDs such as Wagner Arias (Orfeo), a Song album with Helmut Deutsch (Oehms Classics), Michael Volle sings Brahms (Brillant Classics) as well as Michael Volle: A Portrait, released with  BR Klassik, top his discography off. Michael Volle was awarded with the German Theatre Price „Faust“ and was named “Singer of the Year” by the magazine „Opernwelt“ (2008 and 2014).