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René Pape

René Pape

Born in Dresdenin 1964, René Pape was a member of the city’s legendary Kreuzchor from 1974–81. In 1988, while still a student, he made his debut at the Berlin State Opera Unter den Linden and was immediately engaged by the company. Since then on its stage he has sung most of the chief roles of his already illustrious career, the majority of them conducted by music director Daniel Barenboim. He was invited by Sir George Solti to sing at the Salzburger Festspiele and in 1994 he made his debut at the Bayreuther Festspiele.  Pape is equally at home on the concert platform and has appeared with the world’s leading orchestras and renowned conductors like Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Valerij Gergiev, Philipp Jordan, James Levine, Lorin Mazel, Zubin Mehta and Anthony Pappano in the major concert halls all over the globe. For his recordings, he has already received two Grammys®.