Michael König German-Canadian tenor made his Royal Opera debut in 2015 as Erik (Der fliegende Holländer). König was born in Mutlangen and began his singing career as a member of the Schwäbisch Gmünd St Michael’s boys’ choir. He went on to study in Karlsruhe and at the Mannheim Conservatory with Rudolf Piernay.
Michael König German-Canadian tenor
His early engagements included Jeník (The Bartered Bride) for Glyndebourne Festival, Narraboth (Salome) and Tamino (Die Zauberflöte) in Frankfurt and Lensky (Eugene Onegin) for Basle Opera. He has gone on to sing for Europe’s major opera companies, including Hamburg State Opera, Frankfurt Opera, Berlin State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Liceu, Barcelona, Teatro Real, Madrid, and La Scala, Milan, and has also appeared with the Canadian Opera Company. He made his Bayreuth Festival in 2012 as Erik and appeared as Max in Jens Neubert’s filmHunter’s Bride, adapted from Der Freischütz.
Michael König’s repertory includes Florestan (Fidelio), Max (Der Freischütz), Lohengrin, Tannhäuser, Emperor (Die Frau ohne Schatten), Bacchus (Ariadne auf Naxos), Guido (Eine florentinische Tragödie), Jim Mahony (Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny), Andrey Khovansky (Khovanshchina), Grigory/The Pretender (Boris Godunov), Sergey (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk) and Leper (St François d’Assise). His many concert appearances include Beethoven’s Symphony no.9 at the BBC Proms.
Michael König Was born in Mutlangen/Ostalbkreis and studied mainly voice at Hochschule für Musik in Mannheim in addition to several master classes. He won prizes in the Meistersänger competition in Nürnberg and in the competition of the European Union Opera.
In 1993 he made his debut at the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele. This was followed by engagements at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, at Oper Frankfurt, at the state thaetres in Basel and Stuttgart, at Staatsoper Hannover, Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos in Lisbon, Opera Bastille in Paris, Volksoper Wien, in Oslo, Nürnberg, Hamburg, Zürich, Tokio, at Gran Teatro del Liceu Barcelona, Teatro Real in Madrid, in Toronto and Amsterdam. He has worked with conductors such as Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Valdimir Jurowsky, Michail Jurowsky, Lothar Zagrosek, Seji Ozawa, Paolo Carignani, Gustav Kuhn und Christof Prick.
His focus is on German and Slavic opera literature. His repertoire includes, among other roles, Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos, Florestan in Fidelio, Kaiser in Frau ohne Schatten, Max in Der Freischütz, the title role of Lohengrin and Fürst Andrej Chowanski in Chowanschtschina.
Future engagements until 2015 include a new production of Boris Godunov in Madrid, Lohengrin in Frankfurt and at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Der fliegende Holländer in München, at La Scala in Milan and ROH Covent Garden, Der Freischütz at Staatsoper Unter den Linden as well as a new production of Der Freischütz in Dresden, conducted by Christian Thielemann.