Frank van Hove
Bass / Bassbaritone
Frank van Hove, born in Bonn/Germany, first studied Theology and Philosophy in Bonn and Tübingen. After his diploma 1987 he started to study singing and acting with teachers such as Hartmut Singer, Kurt Moll, Rudolph Piernay and Irmgard Hartmann in Berlin.
Recently Frank van Hove had great success at his debut at the Teatro alla Scala di Milano as Kuno in an np Der Freischütz (also TV broadcast by ARTE), as Hans Sachs in the Polish premiere of R. Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Teatr Wielki Poznan and at his debut at the Cologne Opera as Wesener in B. A. Zimmermann's Die Soldaten.
Before he was highly successfull as Ochs in the np Der Rosenkavalier at the Ruse State Opera in Bulgaria, staged by Vera Nemirova, with whom he already collaborated at his highly acclaimed debut as Hans Sachs in Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at Theater Erfurt and at the Nationaltheater Weimar. As Sachs he was also invited to Theater Meiningen. He recently was also highly successfull in Tokyo as Fasolt in Das Rheingold with NHK Orchestra under the baton of Marek Janowski and as Gurnemanz in Norwich/GB and at Staatstheater Karlsruhe, as König Heinrich in Lohengrin with Staatstheater Wiesbaden in South Korea and as Fasolt in Das Rheingold at the Festival Ruhrtriennale under the baton of Teodor Currentzis,, as Gurnemanz at the prestigious Beethoven Festival in Warsaw, as Fasolt at the Theater Kiel and as König Heinrich at the Aalto Theater Essen.
He has also been successful lately with Beethoven's Missa Solemnis under Emil Tabarov in Sofia as well as Mahler's Symphony No. 8 under Gabriel Feltz in Graz and was invited as Gurnemanz to Norwich / GB and the Staatstheater Karlsruhe and in a concert with Wagner´s Hans Sachs at Zurich Opera House.
His plans include his return to Teatro alla Scala di Milano as Pfleger des Orest in Patrice Chéreau´s production of R. Strauss´ Elektra under the baton of Christoph von Dohnányi, a np Der Freischütz at Opéra national du Rhin Strasbourg and again Hans Sachs at the Teatr Wielki Poznan.
His first engagements led him to the opera houses in Dessau, Braunschweig and the Nationaltheater Mannheim, where he was a member until 2011 and performed a broad repertoire including parts such as Ochs in Der Rosenkavalier, Pogner in Meistersinger von Nürnberg , Fasolt in Das Rheingold, Hunding in Die Walküre, Daland in Der Fliegende Holländer and Mozarts Leporello, Don Alfonso and Sarastro.
Since 2011 Frank van Hove was invited to the Komische Oper Berlin ( Cunning little vixen by Janacek) and sang a.o. Vodnik in Rusalka at the Volksoper Vienna, Gurnemanz at the Kongelige Teater Kopenhagen under the baton of Hartmut Haenchen, also Gurnemanz with Thomas Hengelbrock and the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble in January 2013 and in a new production at the Opera Freiburg. Under the baton of Steven Sloane he was highly acclaimed in the title part of Bartoks A kékszakállú herceg vára.
Frank van Hove was invited to sing internationaly a.o. with conductors like Kent Nagano in Brasil (Christus in Bach St Matthew –Passion), Diego Fasolis in Turin and Lugano (Haydn Schöpfung), Gary Bertini in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem (Beethoven´s Missa Solemnis), Tito Ceccherini ( Le petite messe solennelle) in Budapest and at the Opera de Lyon in Le vin herbé under the baton of Friedemann Layer.
He worked with directors a.o. Willy Decker, Günther Krämer, Harry Kupfer, Jens-Daniel Herzog and Andreas Homoki.