The Austrian singer Andreas Schager has been lauded as one of the most exciting and internationally acclaimed Heldentenors. His debut at the BBC Proms, in the role of Siegfried in Wagner’s Götterdämmerung (with the Staatskapelle Berlin, conducted by Daniel Barenboim, 2013), was referred to by a critic as the “sensation of the evening”. Similarly praised were his portrayals of Siegmund – “Schager struck us like a bomb” (Siegmund in Die Walküre, Baden-Baden, 10. 7. 2016; Opernschnipsel) – and Siegfried – “One of the best Siegfrieds” (Maifestspiele Wiesbaden, 26. 5. 2017, Der neue Merker). In 2018, he gave his third account of Parsifal at the Bayreuther Festspiele in Uwe Eric Laufenberg’s production (conducted by Semyon Bychkov): “In the title role, Austrian tenor Andreas Schager was in strong command, making the transformation from unbounded spirited youth to spiritual-like leader with a robust and golden voice that communicated the text with ample nuance.” (Paul Selar, 1. 8. 2018, limeghtmagazine.com).
Andreas Schager studied at the Universität für Musik Wien. While still a student, he made his operatic debut as Ferrando in Così fan tutte at the Schlosstheater Schönbrunn. In 2009, he made his highly regarded debut at the Tiroler Festspiele Erl as David in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. It was a very significant step in his career, moving to a more dramatic repertoire, which includes the roles of Florestan (Fidelio), Max (Der Freischütz), Rienzi, Tristan (Tristan und Isolde) and Siegfried (Siegfried and Götterdämmerung). Andreas Schager has appeared at the Deutsche Oper and Staatsoper Berlin, Teatro Real Madrid, Staatsoper Hamburg, Teatro dell’Opera Rome and Teatro alla Scala Milan, on stages in Toronto, Cleveland, New York and elsewhere.
The most recent highlights on the opera stage include Tristan, Florestan, Parsifal, Siegfried (Siegfried and Götterdämmerung) at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin under Daniel Barenboim, Siegfried (Götterdämmerung) at Dresden's Semperoper under Christian Thielemann, Tannhäuser at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Apollo (Daphne) at the Wiener Staatsoper under Simone Young, as well as Max (Der Freischütz) under Tomáš Netopil, and the title role in Parsifal at the Bayreuther Festspiele 2016, 2017 and 2018, at the Staatsoper Hamburg, and at the Opéra Bastille.
Schager’s engagements in the 2018/19 season include appearances in the role of Tristan at the Opéra national de Paris (conducted by Philippe Jordan) and the Staatsoper Berlin (conducted by Daniel Barenboim), as Lohengrin at the Wiener Staatsoper (conducted by Simone Young), Siegfried (Der Ring) at the Staatsoper Hamburg (conducted by Kent Nagano) and Apollo (Daphne) at the Oper Frankfurt (conducted by Sebastian Weigle). He will return as Parsifal to the Bayreuther Festspiele 2019. In April 2019, he is scheduled to give his debut at the Metropolitan Opera, where he will sing the role of Siegfried in Robert Lepage’s renowned production of Der Ring (revivals on 13 and 27 April, under the baton of Philippe Jordan). In the meantime, on 22 and 24 February 2019, Andreas Schager will perform as Lohengrin at the National Theatre in Prague.