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Georg Zeppenfeld

Bass

Biography

Georg Zeppenfeld in action.
Georg Zeppenfeld as Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, The Royal Opera © ROH, 2015. Photo by Mark Douet

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.

Photos

Georg Zeppenfeld and Lise Davidsen in rehearsal for Fidelio, The Royal Opera

Georg Zeppenfeld and Lise Davidsen in rehearsal for Fidelio, The Royal Opera

Georg Zeppenfeld as Rocco in Fidelio, The Royal Opera

Lise Davidsen as Fidelio and Georg Zeppenfeld as Rocco in Fidelio, The Royal Opera

Georg Zeppenfeld as Rocco and Amanda Forsythe as Marzelline in Fidelio, The Royal Opera

Georg Zeppenfeld in rehearsal for Fidelio, The Royal Opera

Georg Zeppenfeld and Simon Neal in rehearsal for Fidelio, The Royal Opera

Christine Goerke as Ortrud, Thomas J. Mayer as Friedrich von Telramund, Georg Zeppenfeld as King Heinrich, Jennifer Davis as Elsa von Brabant, Kostas Smoriginas as Herald in Lohengrin, The Royal Opera

Georg Zeppenfeld in rehearsal for Lohengrin, The Royal Opera

Georg Zeppenfeld in rehearsal for Lohengrin, The Royal Opera

Georg Zeppenfeld as Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, The Royal Opera

Toby Spence as Tamino, Georg Zeppenfeld as Sarastro and Janai Brugger as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte

Georg Zeppenfeld as Sarastro and Janai Brugger as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte

Janai Brugger as Pamina and Georg Zeppenfeld as Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte

Lise Davidsen as Fidelio and Georg Zeppenfeld as Rocco in Fidelio, The Royal Opera

Georg Zeppenfeld and Lise Davidsen in rehearsal for Fidelio, The Royal Opera

Georg Zeppenfeld and Tobias Kratzer in rehearsal for Fidelio, The Royal Opera

Georg Zeppenfeld

Georg Zeppenfeld

Georg Zeppenfeld as Sarastro, Benjamin Bevan as Speaker of the Temple, Maxwell as the second priest in Die Zauberflöte

Amanda Forsythe as Marzelline, Georg Zeppenfeld as Rocco and Lise Davidsen as Fidelio in Fidelio, The Royal Opera

Georg Zeppenfeld as King Heinrich in Lohengrin, The Royal Opera

Georg Zeppenfeld as King Heinrich in Lohengrin, The Royal Opera

Georg Zeppenfeld in rehearsal for Lohengrin, The Royal Opera