German bass Georg Zeppenfeld made his Royal Opera debut in 2015 as Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte), returning as Heinrich der Vogler (Lohengrin). In the 2019/20 Season he sings Rocco (Fidelio).
Zeppenfeld began training as a singer while studying to become a teacher of music and German at the Musikhochschule in Detmold. He went on to study singing with Hans Sotin at the Cologne Hochschule für Musik and in 2001 joined the ensemble of Dresden Semperoper. His many roles there include Sarastro, Rocco, Raimondo Bidebent (Lucia di Lammermoor), Lord Sidney (Il viaggio a Reims), Sparafucile (Rigoletto), Kaspar (Der Freischütz), Daland (Der fliegende Holländer), Herrmann (Tannhäuser), Heinrich der Vogler, Fasolt (Das Rheingold), Hunding (Die Walküre), Fafner (Siegfried) and Prince Gremin (Eugene Onegin). Other appearances include Hans Sachs (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) and Hunding for Salzburg Easter Festival, King Marke (Tristan und Isolde), Heinrich der Vogler, Hunding and Gurnemanz (Parsifal) for Bayreuth Festival, Sarastro, Herrmann and Veit Pogner (Der Meistersinger von Nürnberg) for Bavarian State Opera, Zaccaria (Nabucco) and Sarastro in Zürich and Rocco for Theater an der Wien.
Zeppenfeld sings widely in concert, with selected appearances including Schumann’s Paradies und die Peri with the Orchestra Nazionale dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia under Gatti and Beethoven’s Symphony no.9 for Salzburg Festival. He has recorded for Deutsche Grammophone, Harmonia Mundi and Oehms Classics, and regularly records and broadcasts on European radio and television.