René Pape, one of the world's leading basses, received his musical education in his native
city of Dresden. He made his debut while still a student in 1988 at the Staatsoper Unter
den Linden and has been a member of the company ever since. His roles include King Marke,
King Heinrich, Wotan, Gurnemanz, Rocco, Sarastro, Figaro, Leporello, Don
Giovanni, Philip II, Faust/Mephisto, and Boris Godunov. He
has appeared at all of the major opera houses and concert halls in Europe, Japan, and the
US, and at the Bayreuth, Glyndebourne, Lucerne, Orange, Salzburg, St. Petersburg White
Nights, and Verbier festivals.
He has made many TV appearances, as well as recordings and DVDs on the BMG, EMI, Deutsche
Grammophon, and TELDEC labels under conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Sir Colin Davis,
James Levine, Sir Georg Solti, Antonio Pappano, and Valery Gergiev.
Mr. Pape was profiled as part of the TV series Maestro for ARTE, and his
film appearances include Sarastro and Sprecher in The Magic Flute, directed by
Kenneth Branagh, and Der Freischütz (2009). At the Metropolitan Opera, he has
performed in the live HD broadcast of Die Zauberflöte, a 2006 TV broadcast, and in
many other productions. Mr. Pape's solo recordings include Gods, Kings, and
Demons and a Wagner album with Staatskapelle Berlin and Daniel Barenboim released
in 2011 for Deutsche Grammophon. He has won two Grammy Awards and was named Vocalist of the
Year in 2002 by Musical America magazine. In 2007, he received the Opera
News Award, and he was honored as a MET Meistersinger by the Metropolitan Opera
Guild in October 2010.