Robert Kunzli

Tenor

 

Robert Künzli

Tenor

 

Austrian tenor Robert Künzli was twice named as one of the ‘Singers of the Year’ in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. This signal honour recognized his outstanding performances in PETER GRIMES (title role), FIDELIO (Florestan), FROM THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD (Luka Kuzmich) and DIE BASSARIDEN (Dionysos), performances heard at Staatsoper Hannover.

Mr. Künzli recently debuted with the Netherlands Reisoper as Tristan in TRISTAN UND ISOLDE in Enschede and Leiden. Upcoming performances include Stolzing in DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG and Canio in PAGLIACCI at Staatsoper Hannover. In Canada, he was heard as Erik in DER FLIEGENDE HOLLANDER for both the Canadian Opera Company and Pacific Opera Victoria. He appeared for the Grand Rapids Symphony in Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 and for the Grant Park Festival in Chicago as the Evangelist in DAS BUCH MIT SIEBEN SIEGELN. He recently sang Aegisth in ELEKTRA for the BBC Proms in London and looks forward to joining the roster of the Metropolitan Opera in New York as cover artist for Walter In DIE MEISTERSINGER and a full season in Germany.

The heroic Wagner roles have recently claimed his attention in Hannover and he has appeared there as Siegfried (SIEGFRIED and GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG), Loge in DAS RHEINGOLD and the title role in TANNHÄUSER. Further career highlights include Loge for Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Kalaf in Busoni’s TURANDOT with Teatro de la Maestranza, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 for the New York Philharmonic, the title role in LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN for Komische Oper Berlin and Schubert’s FIERRABRAS at Carnegie Hall. Credits also include engagements with Semperoper Dresden, Staatsoper Stuttgart, Savonlinna Festival, Opéra Bastille, New York City Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Vienna State Opera. Additional repertoire includes Bacchus in ARIADNE AUF NAXOS, Alwa in LULU, the title role in LOHENGRIN, and Fritz in DER FERNE KLANG.

Mr. Künzli can be heard in the title role of the world premiere recording of Carl Goldmark’s MERLIN, and he appears in DVD versions of DAS RHEINGOLD and DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE.

September 2015

 

Opera

Beethoven Florestan BEETHOVEN
Berg Alwa
Tambourmajor/Hauptmann
LULU
WOZZEK
Boito Faust DER FLEDERMAUS
Britten Peter Grimes PETER GRIMES
Busoni Mephisto
Calaf
FAUST
TURANDOT
Henze Dionysos BASSARIDEN
Janáček Brouček
Luka
Gregor
THE EXCURSIONS OF MR. BROUČEK
FROM THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD
THE MAKROPOLOUS CASE
Leoncavallo Canio PAGLIACCI
Mascagni Turiddu CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA
Offenbach Hoffman LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN
Schmidt Gringoire NOTRE DAME
Schoenberg Aron MOSES UND ARON
Schreker Fritz
Ellis
DER FERN KLANG
DER SCHAHTZGRÜBER
Strauss, J. Eisenstein DER FLEDERMAUS
Strauss, R. Bacchus
Kaiser
ARIADNE AUF NAXOS
DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN
Tchaikovsky Hermann PIQUE DAME
Wagner Erik
Lohengrin
Stolzing
Tannhäuser
Siegfried
Loge
DER FLEIGENDE HOLLÄNDER
LOHENGRIN
DIE MEISTERSINGER
TANHÄUSER
GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG, SIEGFRIED
DAS RHEINGOLD
  Tristan TRISTAN UND ISOLDE
Weber Max DER FREISCHÜTZ
Weill Jim MAHAGONNY
Zemlinsky Zwerg
Guido
DER ZWERG
EINE FLORENTINISCHE TAGÖDIE

Concert/Oratorio

Beethoven Missa Solemnis
Symphony No. 9
Berg Der Wien
Branfels
Helige Johanna
Bruch Die Glocke
Dvořák Requiem
Janáček Glagolitic Mass
Liszt Faust Symphony
Mahler Das Lied von der Erde
Mendelssohn Lobgesang
Verdi Requiem

 

“The role of Görge is demanding, in terms of both range and length, but Hanover’s resident Heldentenor, Robert Künzli, was tireless and made light work of it, and his acting was convincing and sympathetic.” [Hanover Opera, Traumgörge]Opera

“The standout among the well-matched soloists – Austrians all – was Robert Kunzli, whose John had a lyric sweetness as well as the ring of a heroic tenor on which Schmidt insisted.” [Franz Schmidt’s The Book with Seven Seals]The Chicago Tribune, Alan G. Artner 

“German tenor Robert Kunzli was passionate and persuasive as Erik, Senta’s erstwhile, ordinary lover.” [The Flying Dutchman, Canadian Opera Company]Globe and Mail, Ken Winters

“German tenor Robert Kunzli was also in excellent form as Senta’s romantic stalker, Erik.” [The Flying Dutchman, Canadian Opera Company]The Toronto Star, John Terauds