Klaus Florian Vogt

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Born in Holstein, in the North of Germany, Klaus Florian Vogt studied horn and played for several years with the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg. Later he studied at the Conservatory in Lübeck to become a tenor. He made his debut in Flensburg and then became a member of the company at the Opera in Dresden. Since 2003 he has been a freelance artist. His repertoire covers mostly dramatic roles such as Lohengrin, Parsifal, Tannhäuser, Stolzing and Siegmund, but also Florestan (Fidelio), Paul (Die tote Stadt) and Hoffmann (Les Contes d’Hoffmann). It extends furthermore to lyric-dramatic roles such as Erik (Der fliegende Holländer), Andrej (Chowanschtschina), Prinz (Rusalka), Bacchus (Ariadne auf Naxos) and Faust (La Damnation de Faust).

Klaus Florian Vogt is a much sought after guest at all major opera houses and at the Bayreuth and Salzburg Festivals. 2005 saw his debut in Japan as Hoffmann (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), in 2006 he debuted as Lohengrin at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and in 2007 he sang for the first time at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan (Lohengrin), where he later returned as Florestan. He enjoyed great success as Lohengrin in a new production at the Vienna State Opera and could also be seen in the same production at the Zurich Opera House. In 2015 he sang Paul in a new production of Die tote Stadt at Hamburg State Opera. In 2017 he added the role of Tannhäuser to his repertoire, starring in a new production at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. In 2007 Klaus Florian Vogt gave a triumphal debut as Walther von Stolzing at the Bayreuth Festival in a new staging by Katharina Wagner of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. From 2011 to 2015 he achieved further notable success as Lohengrin in the staging by Hans Neuenfels. In 2016 the audience saw him in the titel role of a new production of Parsifal under the baton of Hartmut Haenchen. In 2017 he performed an other new Bayreuth production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, directed by Barrie Kosky and conducted by Philippe Jordan.

Klaus Florian Vogt’s Lohengrin takes him to the most important stages all over the world (Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Metropolitan Opera New York, Royal Opera House Covent Garden London, Vienna State Opera Zurich Opera, New National Theatre Tokyo, Munich State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hamburg State Opera, the Easter Festival Baden-Baden and at the Bayreuth Festival).

The tenor has established his reputation also as a concert singer and a fine interpreter of Lied. His concert repertoire covers works by Mozart, Beethoven, Mahler, Verdi, Flotow und Wagner (Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam) with famous conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Andris Nelsons, Mariss Jansons, Simone Young, Antonio Pappano and Kent Nagano.

Three solo CDs have been published at SONY Classical: Heroes (2012, Orchestra Deutsche Oper Berlin, Peter Schneider), Wagner (2013, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Jonathan Nott) and Favorites (2014, Munich Radio Orchestra, Gerrit Prießnitz). In 2012 Klaus Florian Vogt was awarded the ECHO Klassik as „Artist of the Year”.    

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