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.