Austrian bass Kurt Rydl sings Timur (Turandot) with The Royal Opera in the 2013/14 Season. He made his debut with the Company in 1993 singing Rocco (Fidelio) and has since sung roles including Baron Ochs (Der Rosenkavalier), Hagen (Götterdämmerung), Osmin (Die Entführing aus dem Serail), Grand Inquisitor (Don Carlos), Veit Pogner (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Sparafucile (Rigoletto) and Doctor (Wozzeck). In 2007 he stepped in to replace John Tomlinson as Hagen, who was singing Wotan in place of an indisposed Bryn Terfel.
Rydle was born in Vienna and studied zoology before training at the Vienna Musikhochschule and the Moscow Academy. He joined the ensemble of the Vienna State Opera in 1977 and was appointed Kammersänger in 1986. There are more than a hundred roles in his repertory, including Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte), Osmin, Rocco, Philip II (Don Carlo), Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra), Banquo (Macbeth), Ramfis (Aida), Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Baron Ochs, Daland (Der fliegende Holländer), King Heinrich (Lohengrin), Fasolt, Fafner, Hunding and Hagen (Der Ring des Nibelungen), Veit Pogner, King Marke (Tristan und Isolde), Gurnemanz (Parsifal) and Claggart (Billy Budd). He has sung in leading opera houses around the world and in the festivals of Bayreuth, Bregenz, Edinburgh and Salzburg.
Rydl's concert repertory includes Verdi's Requiem, Mahler's Eighth Symphony and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, and he has made more than thirty recordings. In 2001 he was awarded the Österreichisches Ehrenzeichen für Wissenschaft und Kunst, and in 2007 the Goldenes Ehrenzeichen für Verdienste um das Land Wien.