Wolfgang Resch

At the beginning of the 20/21 season, the Austrian baritone Wolfgang Resch appears on stage as Orsanes in Reinhard Keiser’s opera “Croesus” in Paris. Future plans include the role of Cindor in Rameau’s “Zaïs” at the Theater Biel-Solothurn and the part of Moralès in Bizet’s “Carmen” at the opera Burg Gars in summer 2021, as well as numerous concert projects (including Fauré-Requiem and various recitals). In the past season Wolfgang Resch convinced vocally and dramatically as an interpreter of contemporary works, among others as Joe Pitt in Peter Eötvös’ opera “Angels in America” with the Neue Oper Wien in Vienna and Budapest, in the title role in “The Story of Valemon, the Polar Bear King” at the Philharmonie Luxembourg and as Hans Scholl (Udo Zimmermann: “White Rose”) in Krakow. Recent highlights include Hans Scholl’s “White Rose” at the Theater Biel-Solothurn, in London, Budapest and Oslo, Papageno in “The Magic Flute” at the Burg Gars Opera and at the Murten Classics Festival, Victor in J.M. Staud’s “Die Antilope” at the Neue Oper Wien, Falke in “The Bat” in Darmstadt, Dandini in “La Cenerentola” at the Theater Biel-Solothurn or the role of Piet in the world premiere of Leonard Evers’ opera “Humanoid” in a co-production between the Theater Winterthur and the Konzert Theater Bern.

From 2013-2016, Wolfgang Resch was a member of the ensemble of Konzert Theater Bern, where he was sang roles like Harlequin (Strauss: “Ariadne auf Naxos”), Papageno (Mozart: “The Magic Flute”), Dandini (Rossini: “La Cenerentola”) and Eddy (Turnage: “Greek”), Silvano (Verdi: “Un ballo in maschera”) and Don Parmenione (Rossini: “L’occasione fa il ladro”). In 2016/17 he sang the role of Leopold Kupelwieser in Heinrich Berté’s operetta “Das Dreimäderlhaus” at the Theatre of Baden and, as a prizewinner of the Armel Festival Opera Competition in the season, appeared as Hans Scholl in Udo Zimmermann’s “White Rose” at the Theater Biel Solothurn. In the summer of 2014 Wolfgang Resch made his debut at the Salzburg Festival, where he was successful as a member of the Young Singers Project, among others as the Third Nazi in the world premiere of Marc-André Dalbavie’s “Charlotte Salomon” directed by Luc Bondy and as Dandini in “La Cenerentola for Children”.

Wolfgang Resch made his opera debut as Papageno (Mozart: “The Magic Flute”) in the Daegu City Hall in Korea. In addition to engagements at the opera festival operklosterneuburg and the Festival Retz, he appeared as Conte Perruchetto (Haydn: “La fedeltà premiata”) and as Conte Almaviva (Mozart: “Le nozze di Figaro”) at the Schlosstheater Schönbrunn during his studies.

Wolfgang Resch was a 1st prize winner of the Song Competition of the Petyrek Lang Foundation, finalist and prize winner of the 8th Hilde Zadek International Singing Competition in 2013, as well as prize winner of the Mikuláš Schneider-Trnavský International Singing Competition in Trnava/Slovakia and the 2011 Gradus ad Parnassum Music Competition. In 2014 he was awarded the Prize of the Professor Armin Weltner Foundation, which is awarded annually to promote young highly talented singers of Austrian and Swiss nationality.

Concerts and recitals have taken the young artist to London, Liverpool and Reykjavík with the European Union Youth Orchestra under the direction of Laurent Pillot, among others, as well as to the Lied Festival in Zeist, to Grafenegg and to the Vienna Musikverein. Together with the pianist Sascha El Mouissi, Wolfgang Resch devotes himself intensively to Lied singing. Lieder recitals led the two to Istanbul with “Die schöne Müllerin” by Franz Schubert.

Wolfgang Resch received his first vocal training as a boy soloist with the Wiltener Boys Choir in Innsbruck. Later he studied at the Tyrolean State Conservatory with Karlheinz Hanser and at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna with Ralf Döring and Charles Spencer. He attended master classes with Brigitte Fassbaender, Christa Ludwig, Thomas Hampson and Helmut Deutsch, among others.

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