Georg Nigl

Georg Nigl delights audiences and critics alike with his passionate and sincere performances, whether with his celebrated »Wozzeck« at La Scala Milan, with Rihm's »Lenz« in Brussels and Berlin, or his interpretation of the Bach cantatas with Luca Pianca. His in-depth, comprehensive study of all the works listed, his close ties to straight theatre and the associated emphasis on text and rhetoric as well as strong acting skills on the stage make Georg Nigl one of the most celebrated baritones in the world. Georg Nigl’s involvement with music dates back to his childhood. He appeared on major stages as soprano soloist with the Vienna Boys’ Choir. Studying with Hilde Zadek, he was further encouraged to pursue his subsequent career as a baritone. With his unmistakable timbre, which gives his characters their own particular identity and special attributes, he has been invited to perform on all the major opera stages of the world. He has performed at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, the Berlin State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Dutch National Opera and the Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie in Brussels, as well as at festivals such as the Salzburg Festival, the Aix-en-Provence Festival, the Ruhr Trienniale and the Vienna Festival. He works under the direction of renowned conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Teodor Currentzis, Valery Gergiev, Daniel Harding, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, René Jacobs, Kent Nagano and Kirill Petrenko, and with the directors Andrea Breth, Romeo Castellucci, Frank Castorf, Hans Neuenfels, Johan Simons, Dmitri Tcherniakov and Sasha Waltz. Georg Nigl received special recognition not only as soloist for numerous premières, but also as a source of inspiration for compositions and publications, including for Friedrich Cerha, Pascal Dusapin, Georg Friedrich Haas, Wolfgang Mitterer, Olga Neuwirth and Wolfgang Rihm. Georg Nigl's chamber music repertoire encompasses the entire gamut from Baroque music and the First Viennese School to contemporary music. His latest recording »Bach privat« with Anna Lucia Richter was awarded the Diapason d'Or in November 2017. Recent highlights include Papageno and the title role in the world première of Pascal Dusapin’s »Macbeth Underworld« in Brussels, the title role in Monteverdi’s »L’Orfeo« and the world première of Beat Furrer’s »Violetter Schnee« at the Berlin State Opera, the title role in Trojahn’s »Orest« at the Wiener Staatsoper, the title role in »Le nozze di Figaro« at the Hamburg State Opera, a portrayal of Lenz was lauded by audience and critics, and Don Alfonso in »Così fan tutte« at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, and his highly praised interpretation of Pilate in the »St John Passion« under Sir Simon Rattle in the legendary production of Peter Sellars with the Berlin Philharmonic and on tour with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. In the 2015 critics' survey by the journal »Opernwelt«, Georg Nigl was named singer of the year for his interpretation of Rihm's Lenz.

Events with Georg Nigl

31. December 2020
2 intermissions

Die Fledermaus