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The baritone Wolfgang Rauch was born in Cologne, Germany. After he successfully completed studies in economics and political science, he decided to study singing at the Musikhochschule of Cologne, Germany, and also in Italy and France. Due to his talent as a singer and performer he quickly became, whilst being a singing student, a permanent member of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf. And later he joined the Bavarian State Opera in Munich under the conduct of Prof. Wolfgang Sawallisch, who entrusted him with all the essential vocal parts in the art of lyric and cavalier baritone.
During this period, Placido Domingo became aware of Wolfgang Rauch and engaged him for his gala concert on the occasion of the reopening of the Prinzregenten Theater in Munich. Meanwhile, the increasing demands from his home country Germany and from abroad led Wolfgang Rauch to begin an internationally oriented career. He paid particular attention to the linguistic aspects of his art, since in addition to his native German language, he is fluent in French, Italian, English and Spanish.
Living in his adopted home in France, Wolfgang Rauch has been made many guest appearances at many of the leading opera houses of the world: The Vienna State Opera, La Scala di Milano, Royal Opera House London, Bavarian State Opera Munich, Hamburg State Opera, German Opera Berlin, Semper Opera Dresden, Gran Theatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Opéra de Nice, Opéra de Monte Carlo, Opéra de Marseille, Théatre du Capitole Toulouse, Cologne Opera, Opera Neederlandse Amsterdam, Vlaamse Opera Antwerp, Festival Manuel de Falla in Granada, with guest performances in Santiago de Chile and Japan, including concerts at the Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome.
According to his age and vocal maturity, he presents himself today in the repertoire of the dramatic baritone, with roles such as Scarpia, Sharpless, Posa, Jochanaan, Holländer, Amfortas, Telramund, Escamillo or Dapertutto, to cite a few.
R E P E R T O I R E
La Traviata | G.Germonte, ital.
Don Carlo | Posa, ital.
Aida | Amonasro, ital.
Tosca | Scarpia, ital.
Butterfly | Sharpless, ital.
La Bohème | Marcello, ital.
Holländer | Holländer, dt.
Parsifal | Amfortas, dt.
Lohengrin | Telramund, dt. | Heerufer, dt.
Tristan | Kurwenal, dt.
Rheingold | Donner, dt.
Salome | Jochanaan, dt.
Capriccio | Graf, dt.
Ariadne auf Naxos | Musiklehrer, Haushofmeister, dt.
Die Frau ohne Schatten | Geisterbote, dt.
Elektra | Orest, dt.
W. A. Mozart
Don Giovanni | Don Giovanni, ital.
Die Zauberflöte | Sprecher, dt.
L. van Beethoven
Fidelio | Minister, dt.
C. M. Weber
Freischütz | Ottokar, dt.
G.DonizettiLucia du Lammermoor | Enrico, ital.
I Pagliacci | Tonio, ital.
Andrea Chénier | Gérard, ital.
Cavalleria Rusticana | Alfio, ital.
Carmen | Escamillo, fr.
Faust | Valentin, fr.
Samson et Dalila | Le Grand Prêtre, fr.
Werther | Albert, fr.
Heroidiade | Herod, fr.
Les Contes d'Hoffmann | Les quatre diables, fr.
Hänsel und Gretel | Vater, dt.
Fledermaus | Falke, dt. | Eisenstein, dt.
J. Brahms | Dt.Requiem
C. Orff | dt. Carmina Burana, orig.
Beethoven | XI. Symphonie
Mendelssohn | Elias