Johannes Martin Kränzle

Johannes Martin Kränzle has developed into one of the leading cavalier and character baritones of his generation. He is a regular guest on the major stages, including the Salzburg, Bayreuth and Bregenz Festivals, La Scala in Milan, the Glyndebourne and Lucerne Festivals, opera houses in London, Paris, Madrid, Vienna, Zurich, Geneva, Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, San Francisco, Cairo, Sofia, Tel Aviv, Tokyo and Toronto. He made his successful debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York in 2014. The singer also composes: in 1997, his chamber opera Der Wurm was awarded a prize and premiered at the composition competition in Berlin, and since 2016 his composition Lieder um Liebe has received numerous performances in Germany and abroad. He received a composition grant from the German Music Council for Mutationes, a suite for string orchestra, which was premiered by the Hessisches Staatsorchester Wiesbaden in 2022 to great acclaim. In 2011 and 2018, he was voted Singer of the Year in the renowned Opernwelt critics' poll. He received the Cologne Opera Prize in 2011 and Germany's most important theater prize, DER FAUST, in 2019. His repertoire comprises over 130 roles and ranges from Handel, Rossini, Verdi, Strauss and Lehár to Berg, Bartók, Henze and Rihm. He also regularly gives recitals around the world and has several solo song CDs to his name. He will soon be making his role debut in the title role of Messiaen's Saint François d'Assise in Hamburg and will sing Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte) in Munich as well as Duke Bluebeard in Boston - one of his core repertoire roles, which he has already performed with the greatest orchestras (Berlin, New York, Rotterdam Philharmonic, etc.).