Johannes Martin Kränzle
The internationally sought-after baritone Johannes Martin Kränzle, and 2011 & 2018 »Singer of the Year« (Opernwelt magazine), has more than 120 roles in his repertoire and performs at the leading opera houses and festivals around the world. He was a member of the ensemble at Oper Frankfurt for many years, where he enjoyed great success with Šiškov in a new production of Aus einem Totenhaus / From the House of the Dead last season. Johannes Martin Kränzle made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 2014, singing Beckmesser in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, a role he has enjoyed great success with at the 2017 Bayreuth Festival and at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London in 2018; plans for 2019 include productions at the Staatsoper in Berlin and Hessen's Staatstheater in Wiesbaden, where he will also be singing the title role in Bluebeard's Castle. Other engagements in recent seasons have included Don Pizarro (Fidelio) at Cologne Opera, Ibn-Hakia (Iolanta) at the Opéra National in Paris, where he enjoyed a triumph with Berg's Wozzeck, and Alberich in Wagner's Ring at Covent Garden. His discography includes many OehmsClassics live recordings from Oper Frankfurt – Reimann's Lear (Glouster), Pfitzner's Palestrina (Morone) and Götterdämmerung (Gunther) and solo albums with the pianist Hilko Dumno - Grenzen der Menschheit / The Limits of Mankind and Das ewige Rätsel / The Eternal Enigma (2018 Deutsche Schallplattenkritik first prize). Johannes Martin Kränzle is also passionate about teaching, working at the University for Music and Dance in Cologne and the University in Rio Grande do Norte in Natal, Brazil.
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