Heinz Zednik was born in Vienna, where he studied voice at the Konservatorium der Stadt Wien. His first engagement was in 1964 at the Opernhaus Graz. Only a year later, he was hired by the Wiener Staatsoper, and was conferred the Kammersänger title in 1980, becoming an honorary member of the opera house in 1994.
The tenor has been a guest performer at the world’s major opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera New York, the Scala in Milan, in Florence (Maggio Musicale), the Teatro San Carlo Neapel, the Opéra de Paris, the Zürcher Opernhaus, the Frankfurter Oper, the Berliner Staatsoper, the Stuttgarter Staatsoper, and the Bayerische Staatsoper München. From 1970 to 1980, Heinz Zednik performed annually at the Bayreuther Festspiele, interpreting roles such asSteuermann, David, Mime, and Loge. He became a regular guest at the Salzburg Easter and Summer Festivals in 1980.
Heinz Zednik’s repertoire of parts encompasses around 100 operatic roles, and the singer also appears regularly in concerts and oratorio performances, as well as recording numerous opera, operetta, and Lied CDs. He has presented an Austrian radio show for many years now, and creates portrayals of singers.
Heinz Zednik also teaches, and has been a guest professor at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna (Dramatics) and enjoys holding musical drama seminars at the Karajan Center and the Wiener Meisterkurse. Most recently, Zednik has become increasingly active as a director throughout the world.
In the Lied genre, Mr. Zednik has attained an impressive chamber music repertoire with classical, contemporary, and Vienna Lied songs. For him, the interpretation of Lieder represents the utmost achievement in his singing career.
The artist debuted as a Lied singer in 1978 in the Brahms Chamber of the Wiener Musikverein with songs by Hugo Wolf. The tenor also sang these buoyant songs by Wolf during his Lied evening at the Salzburger Festspiele.
Heinz Zednik has been decorated with the Cross of Honor for Science and the Arts, and has received the Fedelio Medal from Aldo, the international association of the world’s major opera houses, for his exceptional artistic achievements and his close bond with the Wiener Staatsoper.
Never tired to take to new adventures he recently appeared in a new production of Janáček’s CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN at Vienna’s State Opera, FROM THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD in Berlin is to follow shortly and he will stage a new ROSENKAVALIER for Innsbruck’s Municipal Theatre in November 2014.