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.
Künzli debuted with the Netherlands Reisoper as Tristan in Tristan und Isolde in Enschede and Leiden and further recent 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. Kuknzli has sung Aegisth in Elektra for the BBC Proms in London and was on the roster of the Metropolitan Opera as cover artist for Walter In Die Meistersinger.
His home theatre in Germany is the opera house in Hannover and he continues to appear there in the heroic roles of Wagner, including Siegfried (Siegfried and Götterdämmerung), Loge in Das Rheingold and the title role in Tannhäuser. Most recently his schedule for Lower Saxon opera capitol called for performances in Die Gezeichneten by Franz Shreker, the title role in Tristan und Isolde, Erik in Der fliegende Holländer and Herodes in Salome.
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.
|Britten||Peter Grimes||PETER GRIMES|
|THE EXCURSIONS OF MR. BROUČEK
FROM THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD
THE MAKROPOLOUS CASE
|Offenbach||Hoffman||LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN|
|Schoenberg||Aron||MOSES UND ARON|
|DER FERN KLANG
|Strauss, J.||Eisenstein||DER FLEDERMAUS|
|ARIADNE AUF NAXOS
DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN
|DER FLEIGENDE HOLLÄNDER
|Tristan||TRISTAN UND ISOLDE|
EINE FLORENTINISCHE TAGÖDIE
Symphony No. 9
|Mahler||Das Lied von der Erde|
Translated from German: “Hannover’s Heldentenor Robert Kuenzli has demonstrated numerous times his impressive ability to portray such a range of diverse roles that include Siegfried, Tannhäuser, Walther von Stolzing, Erik as well as the Knusper Hexe, Herodes, Loge and Peter Grimes.
He has perfected the different facets, including that of a physical nature of the complicated character of Alviano. How relentless and possessed he is able to move* across the stage on crutches, is breathtaking.
The tenor is able to convey the optimistic, dreamlike ‘es gab Frühlingsnacht’ at the beginning, as well as the deceptive luck with Carlotta, in the finale of the second Act.
Vocally Robert Kuenzli can rely fully on his heldentenor voice that the high tessitura and length commands. Furthermore, his diction and understanding of text is exemplary.”
*original German word used is “kampf” (fight)
[Die Gezeichneten, Staatsoper Hannover] Das Opernglas, Volume 6, June 2019
“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.”
[Traumgörge, Staatsoper Hannover]
“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] Alan G. Artner, The Chicago Tribune
“German tenor Robert Kunzli was passionate and persuasive as Erik, Senta’s erstwhile, ordinary lover.”
[The Flying Dutschman, Canadian Opera Company] Ken Winters, Globe and Mail
“German tenor Robert Kunzli was also in excellent form as Senta’s romantic stalker, Erik.”
[The Flying Dutschman, Canadian Opera Company] John Terauds, The Toronto Star