Georg Nigl
(Photo: Bernd Uhlig)

As a boy Georg Nigl was a soloist with the Wiener Sängerknaben, later becoming a student of Hilde Zadek. Today he is internationally renowned as a specialist of early music and also as a highly sought-after interpreter of con- temporary music. He also regularly performs works of the late eighteenth and the nineteenth centuries.

2012 saw him in the title role in Wozzeck at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich and the Staatsoper unter den Linden in Berlin, where he also appeared as “N” in Rihm’s Dionysos. He sang the principal male roles in Hosokawa’s Hanjo at the Ruhr Triennale and in Sasha Waltz’s production of Passion by Pascal Dusapin at l’Opéra de Lille. Dusapin featured significantly in the 2012 season, with Passion at the Theatre Royal de La Monnaie in Brussels as well as the staged recital O Mensch! in Marseilles, Metz, Rouen and Reims. Nigl also made his house debut at the Teatro Real in Madrid in the title role of Il Prigioniero, sang Xenakis’s Kassandra at the Acht Brücken Festival in Köln and returned to Berlin for Hanjo. On the concert and recital stage he appeared at the Vienna Konzerthaus for Die Schöne Müllerin, Carmina Burana and the continuation of his cycle of Bach cantatas with the NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg; and in the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord and the Wigmore Hall.

Other recent concert performances include Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen on tour with Dmitri Jurowski and the Orchestra of De Vlaamse Opera and recitals with Tzimon Barto (Kölner Philharmonie), Alexander Melnikov (Staatstheater Stuttgart) and Andreas Staier (in Zurich, Geneva and St Gallen).

If asked to name his favorite opera roles, Georg Nigl would respond without a moment’s hesitation: Monteverdi’s Orfeo (which he sang recently at Teatro alla Scala), Mozart’s Papageno and Berg’s Wozzeck, all of which exhibit genuine human qualities but possess inherent disfunctionality. Nigl’s ability to lend his highly expressive personality to these and other roles has resulted in recent successes at Europe’s leading opera houses and at Festivals such as Aix-en- Provence and the Salzburger Festspiele.

Nigl’s interpretations of roles in contemporary operas have earned particular praise, including Pascal Dusapin’s Faustus, The Last Night and Wolfgang Rihm’s Jakob Lenz. Nigl has collaboarated with directors including Andrea Breth, Frank Castorf, Andreas Homoki, calixto Bieito, Jürgen Flimm and Peter Mussbach. He has also performed under Daniel Barenboim, Daniele Gatti, Ádám Fischer, René Jacobs, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Jordi Savall, Thomas Hengelbrock, Daniel Harding and Giovanni Antonini.

Highlights of recent seasons include Wozzeck at the Wiener Festwochen, the Bolshoi Theatre and Teatro alla Scala; the title role in Peter Eötvös’s Die Tragödie des Teufels at the Bayerische Staatsoper; Mercurio in Cavalli’s La Calisto at La Monnaie; Schoenberg’s Von Heute auf Morgen at La Fenice; and recitals at the Salzburger Festspiele, Shanghai concert Hall and Wiener Konzerthaus.
Mysterious, poetical, masterly: Listen to this lieder cycle and witness the documentation of an extraordinary encounter: Vanessa Wagner, Georg Nigl and Pascal Dusapin. 
A new lieder cycle for baritone, prepared piano and electronics – with Georg Nigl and Wolfgang Mitterer himself passionately operating his keys and computer controls. 
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