Michael Volle


"...sang intelligently and well, as did the heroic-sounding baritone, Michael Volle."

Chicago Tribune

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Michael Volle has established himself as one of the leading baritones, receiving the important German Theatre Award “Faust” and awarded “Singer of the Year” by the opera magazine “Opernwelt”. He studied with Josef Metternich and Rudolf Piernay.

His first permanent engagements were at Mannheim, Bonn, Düsseldorf and Cologne. From 1999 until 2007 Michael Volle was a member of the ensemble of the Zurich Opera House where he sang various roles in new productions, including Beckmesser Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Eugene Onegin, Golaud Pelléas et Mélisande, Marcello La Bohème, Count Le Nozze di Figaro, Barak Die Frau ohne Schatte and Wolfram Tannhäuser.

Since the 2007/2008 season Michael Volle has been a member of the Munich State Opera singing the title roles in the new productions of Eugene Onegin and Wozzeck and further roles like Count Le Nozze di Figaro, Kurwenal, Amfortas, Wolfram and Amonasro.

Guest performances with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, have included the new productions of Salome Jochanaan, Lulu Dr. Schön and Jack the Ripper, and Tristan und Isolde Kurwenal. He has also performed in the Opéra National de Paris, Théâtre de la Monnaie, Brussels, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona and the State Operas of Vienna, Berlin, Dresden and Hamburg, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and is a regular performer at the Salzburg Festival, Bayreuth Festival with Beckmesser Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg with further invitations until 2020/2021. He continues his relationship with Metropolitan Opera in New York.

Alongside TV appearances on ARTE, Michael Volle has recorded CD and DVD releases for the EMI, Harmonia Mundi, Arthaus, Naxos and Philipps labels, including a film production of Der Freischütz.

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Les Vêpres Siciliennes

Royal Opera House (Oct 2017)

The scene where he melts on finding his long-lost son, a variant of Verdi’s deeply felt father-daughter relationships, is the emotional highlight.

Richard Fairman, The Financial Times ****

Volle’s incarnation of the emotionally-tormented dictator is a tour de force.

Michael Church, The Independent ****​

German baritone Michael Volle magnificent as Montfort.

Fiona Maddocks, The Observer ****​

Wigmore Hall

Wigmore Hall (December 2013)

Volle’s diction was perfect throughout, but more important was the sense that every word mattered; each one was not merely pronounced, but felt and communicated.

Mark Berry, Seen and Heard International

Les Vêpres Siciliennes

Royal Opera House (Oct 2013)

The German baritone Michael Volle (Montfort), whose voice grows more beguiling and powerful as the evening unfolds...

Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian

Der Fliegende Holländer

Berlin Staatsoper (May 2013)

Michael Volle has the complete measure of the title role; his was an overwhelming performance.

Carlos Maria Solare, Opera Magazine

Michael Volle – A Portrait

BR Klassik 900312

The German baritone is never less than impressive, the tautly focused voice used with musicality and intelligence, and the two Handel numbers he starts with... are imposing and virile-sounding.

Hugo Shirley, Opera Magazine

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