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Johannes Martin Kränzle

Baritone

Biography

Johannes Martin Kränzle in action.
Johannes Martin Kränzle in Jan Philipp Gloger’s Così fan tutte © ROH 2016. Photo Stephen Cummiskey

German baritone Johannes Martin Kränzle made his Royal Opera debut in the 2016/17 Season as Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte). He returns later in the Season as Beckmesser (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg).

Kränzle was born in Augsburg. He initially trained as a music theatre director before studying singing with Martin Gründler at the Frankfurt Music Academy. He joined Frankfurt Opera in 1998, where he has sung all the major Mozart baritone roles and many other roles including Wolfram von Eschinbach (Tannhäuser), Amfortas (Parsifal), Grigory Gryaznoy (The Tsar’s Bride), Giovanni Morone (Palestrina), Gunther (Götterdämmerung), Gloucester (Reimann’s Lear), Prus (The Makropulos Case), the Dark Fiddler (A Village Romeo and Juliet) and Duke Bluebeard (Bluebeard’s Castle). Other engagements include Alberich (Der Ring des Nibelungen) for La Scala, Milan, the BBC Proms and Berlin State Opera, Grigory Gryaznoy for Berlin State Opera and La Scala, Klingsor (Parsifal) for Teatro Real, Madrid, Beckmesser for the Metropolitan Opera, Glyndebourne Festival and in Cologne, Count Danilo Danilowitsch (Die lustige Witwe) and Frank (Die tote Stadt) in Geneva, Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus) for Bavarian State Opera and Music-Master (Ariadne auf Naxos) in Zürich.

Kränzle has performed in concert and recital at festivals and venues including Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Cologne Cathedral, Budapest Spring Festival and Expo 2000, Hanover. His recordings include Lieder for Oehms Classics and Challenge Records. Kränzle is also a composer, with works including his award-winning chamber opera Der Wurm.

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