Johan Botha South African tenor

Johan Botha - tenor Johan Botha - tenor

Johan Botha is one of the great singers of our time and appears regularly at all the major venues and festivals in the world After his studies and his debut in 1990 he came to Europe. His international career developed quickly after initial engagements in Germany . He performed at the Staatsoper in Berlin, Dresden, Hamburg and Munich, the Gran Teatro del Liceu, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Los Angeles and San Francisco Opera, La Scala, Opera Bastille,  Théâtre Châtelet in Paris, Opera Australia in Sydney and at Salzburg Festival.

Johan Botha

He is a regular at the Metropolitan Opera and the Vienna State Opera, with which he has been close since his debut in 1996. Where he sang Strauss’s Daphne, Die Frau ohne Schatten, Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. Verdi’s Don Carlo, Vespri Siciliani, Aida and Otello. Beethoven’s Fidelio, Lohengrin, Parsifal, Die Walkure, Parsifal, The Flying Dutchman and Tannhauser. Puccini’s Tosca and Turandot. In summer 2010, Johan Botha made his debut with Siegmund at the Bayreuth Festival.


Besides opera performances Johan Botha is also regularly on great concert stages of the world.   Works with all the major conductors of our time (Abbado, Barenboim, Boulez, Bychkov, de Billy, Dohnanyi, Gatti, Gergiev, Levine, Maazel. Pappano, Petrenko, Welser- Möst, Thielemann, Young, and many others). Since 2004 Johan Botha is Austrian Kammersänger.

His projects in 2011/12 include Lohengrin at Enescu Festival in Bucharest. In Tokyo at a guest performance of the Bavarian State Opera, 8 Mahler with Simon Rattle, Mariss Jansons, Aida in Hamburg and Norma in London, Daphne and Andrea Chenier at the Vienna State Opera, Die Frau ohne Schatten at the Mailäner Scala, the new production Ariande auf Naxos at the Hamburg State Opera and Aida at the festival in Savonlinna.

Opera scenes

In the 2012/13 season Johan Botha will be at the Metropolitan Opera (Otello), the Vienna State Opera (Die Meistersinger, Otello, Valkyrie), the Lyric Opera of Chicago (Meistersinger), at the Salzburg Easter Festival (Parsifal), the Bavarian State Opera in Munich guesting Otello) and at the Bayreuth Festival (Valkyrie). On the concert stage he will be heard at the Hamburg State Opera (Verdi Requiem) with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Valkyrie), at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin (Beethoven IX) under Daniel Barenboim. He will tour with a Wagner program in Paris, Vienna and Venice under Christian Thielemann.

Since June 2012, Johan Botha is ambassador of Blue Shield Foundation.

Experienced performances

AidaRadamèsMetropolitan Operabio24.10.2009
ValkyrianSiegmundBayreuther Festspiele23.8.2010
TrubadurenManricoMetropolitan Opera30.4.2011
OtelloOtelloMetropolitan Operabio9.12.2012
Mästersångarna i NürnbergWalther von StoltzingMetropolitan Operabio13.12.2014
TannhäuserTannhäuserMetropolitan Operabio. .2015

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