Matthias Hölle

Guest of the National Theatre Opera
KS Matthias Hoelle has been one of the leading basses of the international music scene since one decade. Born in Rottweil/Neckar (Germany), he first studied at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart and later on at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne. He became a member of the Opera House in Cologne until 1987 and has got since that year an engagement at the Staatstheater Stuttgart.
Pretty soon his carreer led him to all big opera and concert houses of Europe. In the recent years he also appeared at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, in Chicago, Santiago and Tel Aviv (there also with first nights of compositions of Karlheinz Stockhausen) and was guest at the festivals in Ludwigsburg, Salzburg, the Maggio Musicale di Firenze. Specialized on Wagner one could hear Matthias Hoelle interpreting the Wagner operas almost all over the world and since 1981 he has been a constant guest at the Bayreuth Festival.
Last successful engagements have been the title part in Massenet’s DON QUICHOTTE at the Cologne Opera, FIDELIO at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova, at the Beethoven Festival in Warsaw as well as on the occasion of a Japan Tour of the Salzburg Easter Festival under Simon Rattle, PARSIFAL in concerts with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach and on stage at the Teatro de la Fenice in Venice as well as at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein. Furthermore productions of MAGIC FLUTE in Parma, Venice and Naples, of DR. FAUSTUS in Stuttgart and Sevilla as well as the world premiere of DAS MÄRCHEN by Emmanuel Nunes in Lisbon.
Matthias Hoelle has worked with many famous conductors such like James Levine, Daniel Barenboim, Sergiu Celibidache, Marek Janowski, Sir Neville Marriner, Riccardo Muti, Zubin Mehta, Bernard Haitink, Sir Georg Solti, Horst Stein, Claus Peter Flor, John Fiore, Riccardo Chailly and Christian Thielemann. He studied his roles with directors such as Michael Hampe, Harry Kupfer, August Everding, Sir Peter Hall, Götz Friedrich, Willy Decker, Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, Luca Ronconi, Jonathan Miller, Hans Neuenfels.
Recordings with the artist have been made a.o. of PARSIFAL/“Gurnemanz“ (Daniel Barenboim/TELDEC), „Eremit/FREISCHÜTZ (Marek Janowski/BMG), „Rocco“/FIDELIO (Sir Colin Davis/BMG) and Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s „Erste Walpurgisnacht“ (Claus Peter Flor/BMG).
Update: February 2011