German bass Georg Zeppenfeld makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2014/15 Season, singing Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte).
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. He has sung Sarastro for companies including Theater an der Wien, Dresden Semperoper, Bavarian State Opera, Metropolitan Opera, New York, and Liceu, Barcelona. Other engagements include Seneca (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Zoroastro (Orlando), Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte), Rocco (Fidelio), Daland (Der fliegende Holländer), Banco (Macbeth), King Marke (Tristan und Isolde), Old Count (Guntram) and Water Goblin (Rusalka) for Dresden Semperoper, Landgraf Herrmann (Tannhäuser) and King Heinrich I (Lohengrin) for Hamburg State Opera, Gurnemanz (Parsifal) for Opéra de Lyon and Vlaamse Opera, Veit Pogner (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) and King Heinrich I for Bayreuth Festival, Peneios (Daphne) for Vienna State Opera, Padre Guardiano (La forza del destino) in Luxembourg, Water Goblin for Bavarian State Opera and Steffano Colonna (Rienzi), Veit Pogner and King Karl (Fierrabras) for Salzburg Festival.
Zeppenfeld sings widely in concert in repertory including works by J.S. Bach, Handel and Haydn. He has recorded for Deutsche Grammophone, Harmonia Mundi and Oehms Classics, and regularly records and broadcasts on European radio and television.