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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) and returned later in the Season to sing Beckmesser (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg). In the 2018/19 Season he sings Alberich (Der Ring des Nibelungen) for The Royal Opera.

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 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, Bayreuth 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. In 2018 he won the Deutscher Schallplatenpreis for his Lieder recordings.

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Photos

Daniel Behle as Ferrando, Johannes Martin Kränzle as Don Alfonso and Alessio Arduini as Guglielmo in rehearsal for Così fan tutte, The Royal Opera

Johannes Martin Kränzle as Don Alfonso in rehearsal for Così fan tutte, The Royal Opera

Johannes Martin Kränzle

Johannes Martin Kränzle as Alberich in Siegfried, The Royal Opera

Johannes Martin Kränzle as Alberich in Das Rheingold, The Royal Opera

Johannes Martin Kränzle as Alberich in Das Rheingold, The Royal Opera

Johannes Martin Kränzle in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, The Royal Opera

Johannes Martin Kränzle in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, The Royal Opera

Johannes Martin Kränzle in Jan Philipp Gloger’s Così fan tutte

Johannes Martin Kränzle, Corinne Winters, Alessio Arduini in Jan Philipp Gloger’s Così fan tutte

Johannes Martin Kränzle as Alberich in Siegfried, The Royal Opera

Siegel as Mime, Oke As Loge, Kränzle as Alberich, Lundgren as Wotan in Das Rheingold, The Royal Opera

Johannes Martin Kränzle as Alberich and Gerhard Siegel as Mime in Das Rheingold, The Royal Opera

Johannes Martin Kränzle as Alberich in Das Rheingold, The Royal Opera

Bryn Terfel and Johannes Martin Kränzle in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, The Royal Opera

Bryn Terfel and Johannes Martin Kränzle in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, The Royal Opera

Bryn Terfel and Johannes Martin Kränzle in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, The Royal Opera

Johannes Martin Kränzle in Jan Philipp Gloger’s Così fan tutte

Johannes Martin Kränzle as Alberich and John Lundgren as Wanderer in Siegfried, The Royal Opera

John Lundgren as Wanderer and Johannes Martin Kränzle as Alberich in Siegfried, The Royal Opera

Johannes Martin Kränzle as Alberich in Das Rheingold, The Royal Opera

Lauren Fagan as Woglinde, Angela Simkin as Flosshilde, Johannes Martin Kränzle as Alberich, Christina Bock as Wellgunde in Das Rheingold, The Royal Opera

Johannes Martin Kränzle as Alberich in Das Rheingold, The Royal Opera

John Lundgren as Wotan and Johannes Martin Kränzle as Alberich in Das Rheingold, The Royal Opera

Johannes Martin Kränzle in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, The Royal Opera

Johannes Martin Kränzle as Sixtus Beckmesser and Bryn Terfel as Hans Sachs in rehearsal for Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, The Royal Opera

Johannes Martin Kränzle as Don Alfonso in rehearsal for Così fan tutte, The Royal Opera

Johannes Martin Kränzle. Photograph by Monika Ritterhaus

Johannes Martin Kränzle as Alberich in Das Rheingold, The Royal Opera

Lauren Fagan as Woglinde, Angela Simkin as Flosshilde, Johannes Martin Kränzle as Alberich, Christina Bock as Wellgunde in Das Rheingold, The Royal Opera