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Konstantin Wolff (Bass-Baritone)

Born: Germany

The German bass-baritone, Konstantin Wolff, studies studied from 2000 to 2007 at the Karlsruhe Musichochschule with Donald Litaker. In 2004 he won the Felix Mendelssoohn-Bartholdy Prize of the Prussian Cultural Institution in Berlin and was chosen as an Elite Scholar of the German People (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes).

In 2005 Konstantin Wolff made his opera debut at l’Opéra de Lyon where he sang in a new production of L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Mercurio) conducted by William Christie. He was then invited by Les Arts Florissants to participate in the Academy for Young singers “Le Jardin des Voix 2005” and to sing the bass part in George Frideric Handel’s L’Allegro, il penseroso ed il moderato on tour throughout Europe. Subsequent engagements have included appearances in G.F. Handel's Rodelinda with Il Complesso Barocco, Orlando in Zürich and in Messiah with the Berliner Philharmoniker. Other roles have included Achilla in Giulio Cesare (in Göttingen), Snug in Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, the Abbot in Curlew River (in Lyon), and Caronte in Monteverdi's Orfeo and W.A. Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (in Aix-en-Provence).

His concert repertoire ranges from the early Baroque to the 20th, including G.F. Handel’s Messiah and Rodelinda, the oratorios by J.S. Bach, Die Schöpfung by Haydn, L.v. Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Felix Mendelssohn’s Paulus, Oratorio de Noel by Camille Saint-Saëns and the Requiems by W.A. Mozart, Johannes Brahms, Dvorak, Verdi and Gabriel Fauré, Gustav Mahler's Wunderhornlieder.

Konstantin Wolff has already appeared in many European concert halls and theatres, such as Alte Oper Frankfurt, Théâtre des Champs Élysées Paris, Großes Festspielhaus Salzburg, Lincoln Center New York and Barbican London. He has been invited to several international festivals and has worked with distinguished orchestras and conductors, like Claudio Abbado, Gerd Albrecht (Orchester der Oper Frankfurt), Andrey Boreyko, Riccardo Chailly, William Christie, Alan Curtis (Il Complesso Barocco), A. Francis, Wolfgang Gönnenwein, René Jacobs, Ton Koopman, Nicholas McGegan (Capella Savaria), Marc Minkowski, and Sir Simon Rattle (Berliner Philharmoniker).

Konstantin Wolff has also won a reputation as a Lieder singer in recitals with Trung Sam. In recitals he performed in many places throughout Germany and France and was replacing the soprano Juliane Banse at the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg in 2010.

In 2006, Konstantin Wolff was part of a production entitled “Mozart Short Cuts” directed by Macha Makeïeff and Jérôme Deschamps touring to theatres through France and Benelux. In 2007, he made his debut in Brussels at the Theatre de la Monnaie in Benoît Mernier’s creation entitled Frühlings Erwachen, returned to Opéra de Lyon to sing Masetto in a new production of W.A. Mozart’s Don Giovanni and also made his debut in Zürich as Zoroastro, in G.F. Handel’s Orlando. In 2009 he made his Viennese debut as Obrazzano in Tancredi at Theater an der Wien, and returned to the Theatre de la Monnaie o sing Silvano in Cavalli's La Calisto. Future engagements include new productions of Cosi Fan tutte (Don Alfonso) in Baden Baden and Rodelinda at Theater an der Wien under Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and Don Giovanni (Masetto) in Baden-Baden (concert and recording for Universal).

With the Vokalensemble Rastatt, Konstantin Wolff has recorded two CD’s with sacred cantatas of Georg Philipp Telemann and Dietrich Buxtehude (Carus Label). In 2008, his first recital album named “Victor Hugo en Musique”, together with pianist Trung Sam was released on Harmonia Mundi.

Source: Naxos Website (January 2009); IMG Artists Website (January 2010); Sorek Artists Management Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (October 2010)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




John Butt


BWV 232, BWV 248/2, 4 & 5

Riccardo Chailly


BWV 248

Peter Dijkstra


BWV 243

René Jacobs


BWV 244 [2nd]

Raphaël Pichon


BWV 232: Kyrie & Gloria, BWV 245 [Video]

Daniel Reuss


BWV 245 [Jesus, Video]

Links to other Sites

Konstantin Wolff - Bass-Baritone (IMG Artists)
Konstantioin Wolff - Biography (Naxos)

Konstantin Wolff (Sorek Artists)

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