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René Pape stars in Solti tributes and signature Wagner
15 Oct 2012
21C Media Group

Already in this young season, René Pape has given a star turn as Philip II in Verdi's Don Carlos at the Vienna State Opera and made his recital debut at La Scala in Milan. The German singer -- "the world's most charismatic bass," according to Opera News -- is currently reprising his acclaimed Wotan at the Berlin State Opera in a production of Die Walküre conducted by Daniel Barenboim. Next up, Pape returns to the U.S. for starry concerts celebrating the centennial of celebrated conductor Sir Georg Solti's birth. The singer joins soprano Angela Gheorghiu, conductor Valery Gergiev and the World Orchestra for Peace to sing works by Mozart and Verdi at Carnegie Hall (Oct 19) and Chicago Symphony Center (Oct 21). Pape's winter is full of his signature Wagner roles. He returns to La Scala to portray King Heinrich in Wagner's Lohengrin, joining friend Jonas Kaufmann and frequent musical partner Barenboim (Dec 7-27). In 2013, to help mark the bicentennial of Wagner's birth, Pape sings his great Gurnemanz in the new François Girard production of Parsifal at the Metropolitan Opera, led by Daniele Gatti (Feb 15-March 8).

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