Michael Volle is one of today’s leading German baritones. Having studied with the eminent singers Josef Metternich and Rudolf Piernay, he went on to work with the Zurich Opera from 1999 to 2007, and was a permanent member of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich from 2007 to 2011, where he sang the title role in Tchaikovsky’s Yevgeny Onegin, Don Alfonso in Mozart’s Così fan tutte and Wolfram in Wagner’s Tannhäuser.
Volle has also made guest appearances in New York, London, Brussels, Paris and Vienna, and at the festivals of Salzburg, Bayreuth and Baden-Baden. He was hailed by Opernwelt as Singer of the Year in 2014. Volle is also a devoted lied interpreter, has made numerous solo appearances singing concert repertoire and regularly makes television, CD and DVD recordings.
Volle appeared as a soloist in Bach’s St John and St Matthew Passions under the direction of Philippe Herreweghe from 2002 to 2005. He returned in 2016 for the role of Wotan in Act III of Wagner’s Walküre under the baton of Valery Gergiev.