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Michael Junge (Baritone)

Born: Saxony-Anhalt, Germany

The German baritone, Michael Junge, came from a family of teachers from Saxony-Anhalt. At the age of 7 he received the first piano lessons. At 13, he was a member of the Extrachores des Theaters seiner Heimatstadt Brandenburg. From 1973 to 1977 he attended today's Gerhart Hauptmann-Gymnasium in Wernigerode with special classes for music education. He was there a member of the Rundfunk-Jugendchor and received his first singing lessons. After graduating and obtaining a diploma, he studied choral conducting from 1979 to 1984 at the Hochschule für Musik "Franz Liszt" in Weimar with Professor Hans Kremers. 1984 to 1986 followed with additional studies. Further studies led him to Kammersängerin Anna Reynolds, Kammersänger Jean Cox and Martin Ulrich.

Michael Junge's first engagement came in 1984 at the Deutschen Nationaltheater in Weimar as cavalier baritone. At various international competitions and seminars, he received diplomas, such as the Antonin Dvorak-competition in 1982 in Karlovy Vary, the Opera Singers Competition in Gera in 1985 and Belvedere Competition in 1990 and 1994 in Vienna and perfected his singing with guidance from famous singers such as Kammersänger Joseph Greindl in Munich, Kammersänger Günther Leib and Kammersänger Siegfried Lorenz.

Opera Performances have taken Michael Junge throughout Germany, Brazil, Poland and Liechtenstein. He has worked with such renowned conductors and directors such as Oleg Caetani, Claus Peter Flor, Robert Hanell, Ude Nissen, Rolf Reuter, Fritz Bennewitz, Johannes Felsenstein, Erhard Fischer and George Tabori. In addition, he has numerous recitals, concerts, radio and television appearances as well as CD productions. In 1994 he was awarded the Richard-Wagner-scholarship from the Internationalen Richard-Wagner-Verbandes.

In recent years, Michael Junge has performed the major Verdi and verismo roles, such as Rodrigo in Don Carlo, Renato in Un ballo in maschera, Germont in La Traviata, Don Carlo in La forza del destino, Rigoletto, Nabucco, Tonio in Pagliacci by Leoncavallo, Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana and Wolfram in Wagner's Tannhäuser, Amfortas in Parsifal by Richard Wagner, with which he made his debut in the summer of 2002 at the Teatro Castro Alves in Salvador da Bahia (Brazil), as well as Wagner's Telramund and Holländer, Bösewichtern in Hoffmanns Erzählungen and other important roles.

Source: Michael Junge Website (October 2006), English translation by Aryeh Oron (April 2009)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (April 2009)

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Michael Jung - Bariton (Official Website) [German]
Michael Junge (Casting Agentur) [German]

Liederabend mit Bariton Michael Junge (Thetar un Orchester) [German]

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