Wolfgang Brendel appears in Operas world-wide, and teaches master classes in Europe and the United States
WOLFGANG BRENDEL: Biography in Brief
Wolfgang Brendel is one of the most sought-after baritones of his generation. Born in Munich, Brendel was handpicked at the age of 16 to attend the Wiesbaden Conservatory of Music. Brendel debuted as Gugliemo in Cosi fan Tutte at the Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern in 1969, where he was discovered by the General Director of the Bavarian State Opera, Dr. Güenther Rennert, and the renowned conductor, Wolfgang Sawallisch, who brought him to perform at the Bayerischestaatsoper in Munich. Since then Brendel has worked with world famous conductors and companies throughout a lauded career that has brought him to perform at major opera houses worldwide. This wealth of experience has contributed to his effectiveness as a teacher and mentor to American and International students alike.
In 1997 Brendel began a second career as Professor of Voice at the University of Music and Performing Arts, University in Munich. He regularly conducts seminars and master classes in the United States and abroad. Brendel continues to perform opera and lieder.
SELECTED PERFORMANCE ACHIEVEMENTS
Throughout an illustrious career Wolfgang Brendel has performed up to 80 roles and has worked with some of the world’s most highly regarded Directors and Conductors of modern Opera.
David Alden, Robert Wilson, David Pountney, Walter Felsenstein, Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, Guenther Rennert, Giorgio Strehler, Otto Schenk, Franco Zeffirelli, Goetz Friedrich, among others.
Stefan Soltzes, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Daniele Gatti, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Horst Stein, Carlos Kleiber, Ferdinand Leitner, Carlo Maria Giulini, Riccardo Muti, Claudio Abbado, Sir George Solti, Donald Runnicles, Simone Young, James Levine, and Zubin Mehta, among others.
Metropolitan Opera, New York, New York; Staatsoper Wien, Vienna, Austria; Covent Gardens, London, England; Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, Germany; Chicago Opera House, Chicago, IL; Scala di Milano, Milan, Italy; Staatsoper Berlin, Berlin Germany; New National Theater, Tokyo, Japan, among others.
HONORS & AWARDS
Federal Cross of Merit, Berlin, Germany, Presented by German government for outstanding service in the arts, 1995
BAVARIAN STATE OPERA, Munich, Germany, Kammersänger, 1977 Youngest singer, to date, to receive this title.
UNIVERSITY FOR MUSIC, Manheim, Germany, International Vocal Competition, First Prize
Conservatory Wiesbaden, Germany, Full Scholarship for the Gifted, 1964-1969, Studied under Professor Rolff Sartorius.