Georg Zeppenfeld

Bass / Bassbaritone

After completing his training as a music and German teacher, Georg Zeppenfeld went on to study concert and operatic singing at the Academies of Music in Detmold and Cologne, under the guidance of Professor Hans Sotin. After his first operatic engagements, which took him to the Municipal Theatre in Münster and to the Bonn Opera, he was engaged by the Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden (Semperoper) in 2001 and has been a member of the ensemble ever since.

 In the 20104/15 season he will be heard as Sarastro at the ROH  Covent Garden, as Bartolo (Le nozze di Figaro) at the Staatsoper München, as well as in roles like Rocco, Landgraf, Daland and Kasper at the Semperoper Dresden..

Guest appearances have taken him to the leading opera houses of Germany, such as Hamburg, Berlin and Munich, and to international music centers including Amsterdam, Antwerp, Luxemburg, Barcelona, Madrid, Paris and Vienna as well as New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and more. He made his debut in 2010 at the Bayreuther Festspiele in the role of König Heinrich/Lohengrin and returned in 2011 as Veit Pogner/Die Meistersinger Von Nürnberg (recorded with the BSO under the baton of Marek Janowski).

In summer 2012, he returned to Salzburg as Sarastro in a new production of Die Zauberflöte, conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt. At the Glyndebourne Festival, Zeppenfeld appeared in the role of König Marke. In 2005, he sang Sarastro in a new production at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden; in 2007, he made his triumphant U.S. debut at the San Francisco Opera House in the same role, which he also sang at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 2009 and at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2011.

Georg Zeppenfeld has participated in numerous radio and TV productions and many CD recordings. He sang in the Memorial Day performance of Verdi’s Requiem under Daniele Gatti on the 60th anniversary of the destruction of Dresden, which was televised by ARTE and released on DVD.

Mag. Leo Krischke

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