Austrian tenor Paul Schweinester made his Royal Opera debut in 2014 as Brighella (Ariadne auf Naxos).
Schweinester was born and raised in Innsbruck, where he sang as a boy treble with the Wiltener Sängerknaben. He studied with Karlheinz Hanser in Vienna, at the Conservatorio di Musica Santa Cecilia in Rome and on the 2012 Young Singers Project at the Salzburg Festival. His first professional engagements were at the Tiroler Festspiele Erl, Wiener Festwochen and Reinsberg Festival. He was a member of Vienna Volksoper 2009–13, where his roles included Beppe (Pagliacci), Pedrillo (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) and Vašek (The Bartered Bride). Other engagements include singing in the world premiere of Cerha’s Onkel Präsident at the Prinzregententheater, Munich
Schweinester is also a keen concert singer, and makes regular appearances throughout Austria, including at the Vienna Konzerthaus, where he has sung Bach cantatas and Schumann’s Dichterliebe. His recordings include Bach’s Christmas Oratorio.
Kiandra Howarth as Echo, Wynne Evans as Scaramuccio, Paul Schweinester as Brighella, Karita Mattila as Ariadne, Jane Archibald as Zerbinetta and Jeremy White as Truffaldino in Ariadne auf Naxos © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2014
Jeremy White as Truffaldino, Wynne Evans as Scaramuccio and Paul Schweinester as Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2014
Paul Schweinester as Brighella and Jane Archibald as Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2014