René Pape is one of the leading international basses and received his musical education in his native city of Dresden (Kreuzchor and Musikhochschule Carl Maria von Weber). He made his debut at the Berlin State Opera in 1988 when he was still a student and has been a member of the company ever since. His roles include König Marke, König Heinrich, Wotan / Das Rheingold and Die Walküre, Gurnemanz, Sarastro, Figaro, Leporello, Don Giovanni, Philip II, Méphistophélès / Faust and Boris Godunov. He has appeared at all the most prestigious opera houses and concert halls, performing as a soloist with the major symphony orchestras and as a recitalist in Europe, Japan and the USA and at the Bayreuth, Glyndebourne, Lucerne, Orange, Salzburg, St. Petersburg White Nights and Verbier Festivals. Among his recordings are Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Chica- go Symphony, Sir Georg Solti), Fidelio / Rocco, Lohengrin / König Heinrich and Tannhäuser / Landgraf (Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim), Tristan und Isolde / König Marke (Antonio Pappano), Parsifal / Gurnemanz, Das Rheingold / Die Walküre / Wotan (Valery Gergiev), Die Zauberflöte / Sarastro (Claudio Abbado), Mozart: Requiem, Haydn: Die Schöpfung and Die Jahreszeiten (Sir Georg Solti), Mahler: Symphony No. 8 (Sir Colin Davis), Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (Daniel Barenboim and Franz Welser-Möst). Verdi: Messa da Requiem for (Antonio Pappano and Daniel Barenboim). TV appearances and DVD productions: Le Nozze di Figaro / Figaro (Daniel Barenboim) and for DGG from the Metropolitan Opera, New York Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg / Pogner, Tristan und Isolde / König Marke, Fidelio / Rocco (James Levine). TV-portrait within the series "Maestro" for ARTE. Film productions The Magic Flute / Sarastro and Sprecher, directed by Kenneth Branagh and The Hunter's Bride / Der Freischütz. Solo-CD "Gods, Kings & Demons", Staatskapelle Dresden and a Wagner-CD, Staats- kapelle Berlin/Daniel Barenboim (release in 2011) for DGG. René Pape has won two Grammy Awards and is Vocalist of the Year 2002 of the magazine "Musical America". January 2007, "Opera News Award", New York. ”MET Mastersinger” honored by the Metropoli- tan Opera Guild in October 2010.
As of January 2019