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Konstantin Wolf- BaritonPhoto: Marco Borggreve

Bass-baritone Konstantin Wolff started his opera career in 2005 at l’Opéra de Lyon as Mercurio in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea under William Christie’s baton. Since then his repertoire has been focusing more and more on Handel and Mozart. Konstantin has appeared in Handel’s Rodelinda at Theater an der Wien (Nikolaus Harnoncourt) and in Bilbao (Alan Curtis), Orlando at opera Zurich (W.Christie) and La Monnaie Bruxelles (René Jacobs), as well as in Giulio Cesare (Acchilla) at the Handel festival Göttingen under Nicholas McGegan.

After his first Mozart role in The magic flute (Sprecher) under R.Jacobs in Aix-en-Provence in 2009 he sang Cosi fan tutte (Don Alfonso) under Teodor Currentzis and Don Giovanni (Masetto) in Baden-Baden, and performed the title role in Le nozze di Figaro in Montpellier and Conte Almaviva at the Volksoper Vienna.

First highlight of the season 13/14 is his debut at the Salzburg Festival with Mozart’s Das Alexanderfest under Sir John Elliot Gardiner. Konstantin then continues by singing the title role in Le nozze di Figaro on a concert tour with R. Jacobs and Freiburger Barockorchester. Later on he will appear in Purcell’s King Arthur in Bruxelles, will have his debut at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam as Don Fernando in Beethoven’s Fidelio, and goes on concert tour with Rameau’s Zais conducted by Christoph Rousset.

His concert repertoire includes the big oratorios of Handel and Bach, Haydn’s Creation, Beethoven’s Symphony Nr. 9, Mendelssohn’s Paulus and Elias, as well as the Requiems by Mozart, Brahms, Dvorak, Fauré and Hindemith, Mahler’s Wunderhornlieder and Golgotha by Frank Martin.

Konstantin has regularly been working with leading ensembles of baroque music, such as Concerto Köln, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble, Kammerorchester Basel, Les Arts Florissants, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Le Cercle de l’Harmonie and La Scintilla, and has been invited by renowned symphony orchestras like Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Orchestra of the West-German Radio Cologne, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Wiener Symphoniker, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, Orchestre de la Radio France, Orchestra del RAI Turin.

The bass-Baritone had already the pleasure to work with conductors such as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, René Jacobs, Jérémie Rohrer, Claudio Abbado, Sir Simon Rattle, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Marc Minkowsi, Teodor Currentzis, Riccardo Chailly, Manfred Honeck, Helmuth Rilling and Ton Koopman. Stage-directors he has worked with include Pierre Audi, Jens Daniel Herzog, Philipp Himmelmann, Philipp Harnoncourt, Stephen Lawless, Jean-Paul Scarpitta and Moshe Leiser & Patrice Caurier.

In recitals he performed in many places throughout Germany, France, Switzerland and Austria and was replacing Juliane Banse at the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg in 2010. His first recital album “Victor Hugo en musique” with pianist Trung Sam was released in 2008 on Harmonia Mundi France.

Konstantin was as well part of some modern and contemporary opera productions such as Gesualdo by Marc-André Dalbavie in Zürich, Frühlings Erwachen by Benoit Mernier in Bruxelles, and Britten’s A midsummer night’s dream (Snug) and Curlew river (The Abbot) in Lyon and Athens.

Konstantin’s artistic work and development can be retraced in a colourful list of CD and DVD recordings highlighted by Mozart’s Magic flute with René Jacobs, Bach’s christmas oratorio with conductor Riccardo Chailly (Decca) and Don Giovanni (Masetto) under Yannick Nézet-Séguin for Deutsche Grammophon.

Konstantin Wolff studied with Prof. D. Litaker at the University of Music in Karlsruhe, Germany, and won first prize in the Mendelssohn Competition Berlin in 2004.