The Austrian bass-baritone, Anton Scharinger, studied under Margarita Heppe in Vienna. He completed his studies in 1984 at the Conservatory in Vienna. Even during his studies he had begun to make a name for himself as a concert singer. In 1981, when he was a 20-year-old student at the Conservatory, he received an invitation to work with the Landestheater in Salzburg, where he made his operatic debut as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte.
Anton Scharinger's international career began with additional Mozart operas: Die Zauberflöte (Papageno) and Le Nozze di Figaro (Figaro) under the baton of Nikolaus Harnoncourt in Zurich, as well as Don Giovanni (Leporello) at the Aix-en-Provence Festival. Scharinger now regularly appears world-wide: the Zürich Opera, Milan's La Scala, Wiener Staatsoper, and in the opera houses of Amsterdam, Hamburg, Paris, Rome, Chicago and Buenos Aires, among others. He has also been highly praised for his performances as Papageno at the Festivals of Salzburg and Aix-en-Provence. His most recent engagements include Manfred Gurlitt's Wozzeck (The Captain) at the Teatro Comunale in Florence; Die Fledermaus (Frank) at the Vienna Festival; also Zauberflöte, Così and Il Matrimonio Segreto (Count Robinson) in Zürich.
In addition to his operatic activity, Anton Scharinger is in great demand as a concert soloist and has performed under such celebrated conductors as Georg Solti, Riccardo Chailly, Bernard Haitink, Santi, Antal Doráti, William Christie, Christoph von Dohnányi and Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
Anton Scharinger has made a numerous television, radio and disc recordings. His impressive discography includes complete recordings of Die Zauberflöte (Papageno), Le Nozze di Figaro (Figaro), Don Giovanni (Masetto) and Die Fledermaus (Dr. Falke), as well as numerous works by J.S. Bach, Haydn, George Frideric Handel and Schubert. Anton Scharinger was honoured by the Austrian government for his contribution to education and the arts, and was awarded the esteemed "Mozart Prize" for his artistry.