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Dominik Köninger (Baritone)

Born: 1981 - Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

The German baritone, Dominik Köninger, studied at the opera school in Karlsruhe with Professor Roland Hermann. He also gained important impulses in master-classes with Brigitte Fassbaender, Ann Murray, Rudolf Piernay and Kurt Moll.

First engagements took Dominik Köninger to the Schwetzingen Festival, to the Badische Staatstheater Karlsruhe, and to the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, before becoming an ensemble member of the Tiroler Landestheater in Innsbruck in 2006-2007 season. He then became a member of the International Opera Studios at the Staatsoper in Hamburg for two years. Afterwards numerous guest performances led him to the Hamburg State Opera, the Theater an der Wien, the State Opera Stuttgart, the Volksoper Vienna, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and the Bavarian State Opera.

His operatic repertoire includes Pagageno in W.A. Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Guglielmo in W.A. Mozart's Così fan tutte, Conte Almaviva in W.A. Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, Dandini in Rossini's La Cenerentola, Dr. Falke in The Bat, Orfeo in Monteverdi's Orfeo and Figaro in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Seviglia.

Dominik Köninger has worked with such conductors as Yves Abel, Herbert Blomstedt, Bertrand De Billy, Alessandro de Marchi, Christopher Hogwood, Manfred Honneck, Kent Nagano, Antonello Manacorda, Konrad Junghänel, Helmuth Rilling, Stefan Soltesz and Simone Young, as well as directors such as Barrie Kosky, Robert Carsen, Pierre Audi, Brigitte Fassbaender, Philip Stölzl or Tobias Kratzer.

Early on, Dominik Köninger also made a name for himself as a concert singer. His broad repertoire, ranging from Baroque to contemporary compositions, led him to renowned locations such as the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus, Stuttgarter Liederhalle, the Philharmonie Berlin, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Rudolfinum Prag, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival (SHMF), Concertgebouw Amsterdam, DeSingel in Antwerp, the Glocke / Bremen and Israel. In the summer of 2009 he was the Jesus in the German premiere of the scenic Johannes Passion by Robert Wilson at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival.

After his First Prize at the Wigmore Hall Song Contest 2011, Dominik Köninger received the Wigmore Hall / Independent Opera Postgraduate Voice Fellowship 2011-2013 for two years. Since the 2012-2013 season, he has been a member of the Ensemble of the Komische Oper Berlin, where he celebrated a giant success in the title role of Monteverdi's Orfeo. Shortly afterwards, he also sang Papageno and Schaunard.In 2013, he debuted as Guglielmo at the New National Theater in Tokyo. At the Komische Oper he has also been, among other things, among others. Also as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Orest in Iphigenia on Tauris, as Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro and lastly as Figaro in Barber of Seviglia on the stage.

Concert hymns of the past years were a song recital at the Wigmore Hall in London and at the Beethovenfestival Bonn, J.S. Bach cantatas with the WDR Rundfunkchor Köln under Stefan Parkman, George Frideric Handel and J.S. Bach with the NDR Hanover under Bernard Labadie. Carmina Burana with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, a concert tour with J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248) with B'Rock under the baton of René Jacobs, a re-invitation to both the Bremen Philharmonic with G.F. Handel's Messiah and orchestral songs by Gustav Mahler, and to B'Rock, with another scenic St. John Passion (BWV 245) under the musical direction of Andreas Spering, directed by Pierre Audi.

So far the following CD recordings with Dominik Köninger: 2009 Schubert's Mass in A major and Magnificat D486 (Immortal-Bach-Ensemble, Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Naxos); 2011 Francis Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites, Theater an der Wien, ORF-Radiosinfonie-Orchester, Bertrand de Billy (Oehms); 2011 C. Orff's Carmina burana, Schleswig-Holstein Festival Choir, Martin Grubinger, piano duo Önder (Sony).


Source: Dominik Köninger Website; Bits & pieces from other sources
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (October 2017)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




René Jacobs


V-8 (2014, Video): BWV 248 [2nd recording]

Links to other Sites

Domink Köninger - Bariton (Official Website)
Dominik Köninger (Opera Base)
In Conversation With Star Baritone Dominik Köninger (Culture Trip)
Athole Still Opera: Dominik Köninger
Music Theatre Transparant - Artists: Dominik Köninger
Esther Schollum Artists' Management: Dominik Köninger Biography

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