The Salzburg born WOLFGANG ABLINGER-SPERRHACKE is considered one of the most sought after and important character tenors of the Opera world. He studied in the Wiener Musikhochschule. In 1993, he came as an ensemble member to the Landestheater in Linz, and 2 years later to the Theater Basel, and finally at the Gärtnerplatztheater in Munich. In 1997, he celebrated his debut at the Paris National Opera which was at the time the place for young singers to develop their careers. Recently, he celebrated large success as Mime in the youngest production of the Ring. The same applies for the Glyndebourne Festival where he has been a regular guest since his debut there in 1999, and has since sung Hexe (Hänsel und Gretel), Tanzmeister and Podestà (La finta giardiniera). He also sang the role of Mime at the Bayerische and Berliner Staatsoper, at the Semperoper as well as the Milan Scala, Venice, Madrid, Toulouse and Amsterdam. Further important roles in his repertoire include Loge, Hauptmann (Wozzeck), Valzacchi (among others at the New York Met, and Baden Baden), Ritter Blaubart, and Herodes. In 2012, he made his debut at the Salzburg Festival (Die Soldaten). In 2016, he will make his debut at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.