born in 1958 in Heilbronn, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
(born 1958 in Heilbronn, Germany) is an operatic bass-baritone, particularly prominent in the Wagnerian repertoire.
A Kammersänger of the Vienna State Opera, he made his debut there as Orest in Elektra on September 13, 1991. In addition to his frequent appearances in Vienna, he has sung at the Bayreuth and Salzburg festivals and in many of the world's major opera houses, including the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the Berlin State Opera, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and the Paris Opera. He made his debut at the New York Metropolitan Opera in the title role of Wozzeck on February 10, 1997, returning there as Telramund in Lohengrin (1998), Abimélech in Samson et Dalila (2000), Don Pizarro in Fidelio (2000), Amfortas in Parsifal (2003), and Iago in Otello (2012).
His recordings include: the role of Orest in Elektra (Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Daniel Barenboim); Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde (Bayreuther Festspiele 1995, conducted by Daniel Barenboim, filmed); Amfortas in Parsifal (Vienna State Opera Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Christian Thielemann) and the Dutchman in The Flying Dutchman (Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Daniel Barenboim).
- George Jahn, Iago Steals 'Otello' at the Vienna Staatsoper, Associated Press, October 25, 2006. Accessed 31 January 2008.
- Richard Morrison, Review: Parsifal, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, The Times, December 8, 2007. Accessed 31 January 2008.
- Vienna State Opera Biography (in German). Accessed 31 January 2008.
- MetOpera Database