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Georg Nigl

Whether at his celebrated Wozzeck at The Scala or his interpretations of the Bach cantatas with Luca Pianca, Georg Nigl consistently inspires audiences and press with his passionate, authentic performances. His profound, comprehensive engagement with the musical work, his close connection with spoken theater with its accompanying emphasis on text and rhetoric, and his expressive stage acting have made Georg Nigl into one of the most celebrated baritones worldwide. Georg Nigl’s close connection to music began in childhood. He performed on eminent stages as a soprano soloist at the Wiener Sängerknaben. His studies with the chamber singer Hilde Zadek gave him further important inspiration for his forthcoming career. Due to his talent for giving roles individual character through his voice and expression, he has performed at all the important opera houses. He has appeared at the Bolshoi Theater Moscow, the Staatsoper Berlin, the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and the Niederlandse Opera Amsterdam as well as at festivals such as the Salzburger Festspiele, the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and the Wiener Festwochen. He has collaborated with renowned conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Ingo Metzmacher, Thomas Hengelbrock and Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and with directors such as Andrea Breth, Sasha Waltz, Robert Wilson and Frank Castorf.

Georg Nigl has won special recognition not only by performing numerous world premieres, but also by serving as an inspiration for or taking part in initiating the creation of compositions and publications by artists such as Pascal Dusapin, Georg Friedrich Haas, Wolfgang Mitterer, Wolfgang Rihm and Friedrich Cerha.
Georg Nigl’s chamber music repertoire covers a broad spectrum from baroque to Viennese classicism to contemporary music. He frequently performs with Andreas Staier, Alexander Melnikov and Gérard Wyss.

Highlights of the 2014/2015 season include performances of Lenz by Wolfgang Rihm, Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo in a new production by Sasha Waltz, the world premiere of Pascal Dusapin’s Penthesilea in La Monnaie, Brussels, as well as a European tour with Schubert’s Winterreise and Die schöne Müllerin.