René Pape is among the leading bass singers of our time. He studied in his hometown Dresden. Between 1974 and 1981 he was a member of the renowned Dresdener Kreuzchor. Already as a student he made his debut at the Berliner Staatsoper in 1988, where he regularly appears to this day. He was exceptionally successful as Ramfis (Aida), Sarastro, Rocco (Fidelio). Fasolt (Das Rheingold), Hunding, Veit Pogner, König Marke (Tristan und Isolde), Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Mephistopheles (Faust), Leporello and in the title role in Don Giovanni, Philipp (Don Carlo), Banquo (Macbeth), König Heinrich (Lohengrin). Regular invitations lead him to the Bayreuther Festspiele, to the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Salzburger Festspiele and the Salzburger Osterfestspiele, La Scala, the New York Metropolitan Opera, the Dresdner Semperoper, the ROH Covent Garden, to the Paris Opera, San Francisco, Orange, Glyndebourne, Tokyo, Madrid, Florence, Barcelona, St. Petersburg, Rome, Frankfurt, Tel Aviv. Debut at the Wiener Staatsoper as Sprecher in 1991, further performances as Philipp II., Leporello, Don Fernando, Heinrich, Hunding, Sarastro.