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René Pape

1964-09-04 Dresden, Germany

Image of René Pape


"René Pape’s bass showed considerable velvet sheen and elegant dynamic play; purely as singing and star presence, he impressed." Born in Dresden, Black Diamond Bass Rene Pape has been a member of the Berlin State Opera since 1988, but considers New York’s Metropolitan Opera his operatic “home away from home.” Since his house debut in 1995, he has appeared every season at the Met, in 18 roles and more than 160 performances, including four major debuts: Méphistophélès in Faust, Gurnemanz in Parsifal, Escamillo in Carmen, and the Old Hebrew in Samson et Dalila. But it was at the famous Unter den Linden – home of the Berlin State Opera – where Pape honed most of the great roles of his career. Music Director Daniel Barenboim was an early supporter, and the Berlin State Opera has played host to Pape’s performances as King Marke in Tristan und Isolde; King Heinrich in Lohengrin; Sarastro in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte; Pogner in DieMeistersinger; Rocco in Beethoven’s Fidelio; Fasolt in Das Rheingold; Hunding in Die Walküre; and the title role in Don Giovanni. The opera house was also the venue for Pape’s appearances as Ramfis in Verdi’s Aida; Figaro in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro; Leporello in Don Giovanni; and Orest in Strauss’s Elektra. Pape’s first CD of solo arias, Gods, Kings & Demons, was released in 2008 on Deutsche Grammophon with his hometown orchestra, the Staatskapelle Dresden conducted by Sebastian Weigle. The disc won a coveted “ECHO” award, the German equivalent of a Grammy. Pape performs regularly in major opera houses, concert halls, and symphony orchestras around the world, as well as opera festivals such as Bayreuth, Glyndebourne, Lucerne, Orange, Saint-Petersburg, Salzburg, Verbier and White Nights. He currently resides in Austria and Berlin.


"Die Zauberflöte" aus der Semperoper Dresden Sarastro 2021-04-05
Metropolitan Opera: Boris Godunov Boris 2021-10-09
Met Opera 2021/22: Modest Mussorgski BORIS GODUNOW 2021-10-09
Metropolitan Opera At Home Gala 2020-04-25
Simon Boccanegra Jacopo Fiesco 2019-08-20
Wagner: Tristan und Isolde König Marke 2018-09-11
The Metropolitan Opera: The Magic Flute Sarastro 2017-10-14
Parsifal Gurnemanz 2016-09-09
Mefistofele Mefistofele 2016-01-01
The Metropolitan Opera - Wagner: Tristan und Isolde King Marke 2016-10-08
Verdi: Macbeth Banco 2015-10-30
Macbeth Banquo 2014-10-11
Tannhäuser Hermann, Landgraf von Thüringen 2014-04-01
Mozart Requiem - Claudio Abbado & Lucerne Festival Orchestra 2013-09-02
Parsifal Gurnemanz 2013-03-02
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Requiem - Claudio Abbado 2013-07-12
Wagner : Parsifal Gurnemanz 2013-12-18
Wagner: Das Rheingold Wotan 2013-09-02
Verdi Requiem 2012-07-08
Salzburg Festival Opening Concert Himself 2011-08-30
Faust - Covent Garden Méphistophélès 2011-09-18
Gounod: Faust Mephistophélès 2011-12-10
Hunter's Bride Eremit 2010-12-23
Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov Boris Godunov 2010-10-23
Strauss R: Elektra Orest 2010-08-01
Wagner: Tristan und Isolde König Marke (bass) 2008-01-18
The Magic Flute Sarastro 2006-09-07
The Magic Flute Sarastro 2006-12-30
Die Zauberflöte Sarastro 2006-06-09
Ludwig van Beethoven: Fidelio Rocco 2003-10-15
Die Meistersinger Von Nürnberg 2001-12-08
Beethoven Fidelio Rocco 2000-06-02
Le nozze di Figaro Figaro 1999-01-01
Tristan und Isolde King Marke 1999-12-18
Samson et Dalila Un vieillard hébreu 1998-09-28
Mozart Requiem Himself 1991-01-01