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Kurt Rydl | Opera Singer

Kurt Rydl is one of the greatest bass singers of our time. Born in Vienna, he studied in Vienna and Moscow. He won 1st prize at competitions in Barcelona and Paris. 

His opera repertoire comprises more than 120 roles in German, Italian, French, English, Russian and Czech works. For more than 35 years, he sings about the 90-100 performances per season. Guest performances lead him to all the major opera houses in the world. 

He has performed at the biggest festivals: Salzburg (over 200 performances), Bayreuth, Bregenz, Edinburgh, Munich, Verona 

Greatest successes came, inter alia, in the leading opera houses of the world such as the Vienna State Opera House, the Scala of Milan, Royal Opera House of London, Metropolitan of New York, Tel Aviv, Rome, Florence (Maggio Musicale), Bologna, Berlin, Dresden, Munich, Salzburg, Paris, Los Angeles, Washington, etc. He has worked with the biggest conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Muti, Zubin Mehta, Kent Nagano, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Christophe von Dohnányi, Peter Schneider, Christian Thielemann, Bernard Haitink and Hartmut Haenchen. 

His awards: 

1976     permanent member of the Vienna State Opera  

1986     awarded the title of Kammersänger  

1999     made honorary member of the Vienna State Opera  

2001   awarded the Austrian Cross Medal of Honour, 1st class for Science and Art  

2007     Gold Decoration for Services to the City of Vienna 

His most important roles:  

-  Osmin (Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail

-  Rocco (Beethoven: Fidelio

-  Baron Ochs (R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier)  

-  Sir Morosus (R. Strauss: Die schweigsame Frau) 

-  Mephisto (Gounaud: Faust

-  King Philip (Verdi: Don Carlos

-  Gurnemanz (Wagner: Parsifal

-  Hagen (Wagner: Götterdämmerung

-  Claggart (Britten: Billy Budd

-  King Henry (Wagner: Lohengrin) 

-  Daland (Wagner: Fliegender Holländer)  

-  Landgraf (Wagner: Tannhäuser

-  King Marke (Wagner: Tristan und Isolde)  

-  Don Pasquale (Donizetti: Don Pasquale)  

-  Mefistofele (Boito: Mefistofele

-  Attila (Verdi: Attila)  

-  Basilio (Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia

-  Padre Guardiano (Verdi: La Forza del destino

-  Zaccaria (Verdi: Nabucco

-  Roger (Verdi: Jérusalem)  

-  Pimen (Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov

-  Boris (Shostakovich: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk) 


Appearances in 2014:  

Linz, Budapest: Ochs (Der Rosenkavalier

Antwerp, Ghent: Ochs (Der Rosenkavalier; directed by Christoph Walz)  

Salzburg Festival: Osmin (Die Entführung aus dem Serail; Blu-ray production)  

London: Timur (Turandot) 

Vienna: Pimen (Boris Godunov

La Roche (Capriccio; Blu-ray production with Renée Fleming)