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Johannes von Duisburg | Opera Singer

Bass-Baritone Johannes von Duisburg, born in Germany, started his vocal training at school. Aged 20, he made his debut as a soloist at . the Stadttheater Brandenburg. After moving to former West-Berlin, he studied and made his degree at the Universität der Künste there. Throughout these studies, he joined the master class of Kammersänger Prof. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. His regulare voice theacher was Kammersänger Peter Gougaloff. 1989 he got the first price at the Young Artists Competition sponsored by the Philip Morris Company, 1992 the second price in the Opera Singers Competition of Staatsoper Hannover, 1995 than the O.E.Hasse Award for outstanding stage-performers. In 1991, he accepted a contract at the Mecklenburgische Staatstheater Schwerin and made his role-debuts as Don Pizarro FIDELIO and as the word`s youngest FLIEGENDER HOLLÄNDER. Since 1992, he has worked as a freelance singer over the world, with guest contracts at, among others, the opera houses of Geneva, Lisbon, Florence, Cagliari, Napoli, Rome (Accademia di Santa Cecilia and Teatro dell`Opera), Bologna, Moskow, Prague, Strasbourg and the Festivals of Wexford and Bregenz. Roles he performed includeJochanaan SALOME, Amonasro AIDA, Kaspar DER FREISCHÜTZ, Escamillo CARMEN, ScarpiaTOSCA and Sarastro DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE. In November 2001 he sang Amonasro in Tokyo with José Cura as Radames.  

During the 2002/03 season, he performed Telramund LOHENGRIN at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna with Maestro Daniele Gatti as well as DER FLIEGENDEHOLLÄNDER at Teatro San Carlo Napoli. 

2003/04 he made his debuts as Wanderer SIEGFRIED at the Gran Teatro del Liceu Barcelona under Bertrand de Billy in a production of Prof. Harry Kupfer.  

2004/05 followed the role-debut of Wotan DIE WALKÜRE at Breslau`s Jahrhunderthalle in a production of Prof. Hans-Peter Lehmann. Later he repeated the role of DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER at Teatro dell`Opera di Roma and Telramund LOHENGRIN at TeatroVerdi Trieste. At the Oper-Köln he sang Don Pizarro FIDELIO and in July Amonasro in a new production ofAIDA at the Savonlinna-Opera-Festival with Michele Crider in the titrole.  

2006/07: new production of SALOME at Lithuanian National Opera Vilnius (director: David Alden), LOHENGRIN in Aachen,role-debut of John Claggart BILLY BUDD (director: Willy Decker) at the Operahouse Köln, Jesus in Bach`s ST.JOHN`S PASSION(director: Robert Wilson) in Vilnius and Wotan DIE WALKÜRE at the "Festivals of Ravenna"and"Ravello",  

2007/08: DEAD MAN WALKING(director:Nicolaus Lehnhoff) at Theater an der Wien SALOMEand DIE WALKÜRE,debut as Lindorf,Coppélius,Dr.Miracle+Dapertutto in a new production of THE TALES OF HOFFMANN and Scarpia TOSCA at the Teatro National de Sao Carlos Lisboa"  

2008-10 DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER in Bergen(production:Francsca Zambello) JochanaanSALOME at The IsraeliOperaTelAviv, John Claggart BILLY BUDD at Teatro Abao Bilbao,from the international press highly praised role debut as Hans Sachs DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERGfor the 100.aniversary of Theater Hildesheim (production:Prof.Hans-Peter Lehmann)  

2010/11 Wotan DIE WALKÜRE NationalOpera Vilnius,Don Pizarro FIDELIO at Opernfestspiele Heideheim,Hans Sachs DIE MEISTERSINGER at Landestheater Linz,Jochanaan SALOME at TeatroVerdi Trieste, 

2010/11 Wotan WALKÜRE Vilnius, TrinityMoses RISE AND FALL OF THE CITY OF MAHAGONNYat TheIsraeliOperaTelAviv,DER FLIEGENDEHOLLÄNDER at TeatroWielkiWarsaw (production:MariuszTrelinski,conductor:Rani Calderon) 

2012/13 : AIDA (Amonasro) at Royal Operahouse Muscat (Oman) with Lucrecia Garcia as Aida (production: Roberto Laganà Manoli,conductor: Patrick Fournillier) BILLY BUDD (John Claggart) - first performance of that opera in Russia at Mikhailovsky Theater St.Petersburg, conductor: Mikhail Tatarnikov,production:WillyDecker  

DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER at TeatroWielki Warszawa, conductor: Andreiy Yurkevych, production: Mariusz Trelinski  

Premier DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER at Mikhailovszky Theater St.Petersburg conductor:Vasily Petrenko,production:Vasily Barkhatov 

DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER with Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra under Vasily Petrenko 

Debut at Hungarian State Opera Budapest as Jochanaan SALOME under Pinchas Steinberg 


Since September 2013 Johannes von Duisburg is teaching at the department of Vocal and Opera Studies at The Liszt Academy of Music Budapest 







AIDA Amonasro (Verdi) CARMEN Escamillo (Bizet)