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Biography

The baritone Johannes Wollrab received his first musical training in the Dresden Kreuzchor. After an apprenticeship as an organ builder, he studied singing at the Hochschule für Musik "Carl Maria von Weber" Dresden.

While still a student, he performed in the Rundfunkchor Berlin with the Deutsches Sinfonieorchester and with the Berlin Philharmonic under the direction of Kent Nagano and Sir Simon Rattle in Berlin, Salzburg and Tokyo. He then completed his training with postgraduate artistic studies with Ks. Andreas Schmidt. He gained special inspiration for his career as an opera singer in master classes with Ks. Evelyn Herlitzius and Ks. Olaf Bär. He was a prize-winner at the 22nd International Robert Stolz Singing Competition in Hamburg and was awarded the Orpheus Prize of the Bad Hersfeld Opera Festival.


Initially a freelance singer, Johannes Wollrab made guest appearances at various German-speaking theatres, including the Chemnitz Opera, the Semperoper Dresden, the Dresden State Operetta, the Plauen-Zwickau Theatre, the Cottbus State Theatre, the Anhalt Theatre Dessau, the Koblenz Theatre and the Hagen Theatre. He also sang in concerts with the Sächsische Staatskapelle under the direction of Marc Minkowski and Christian Thielemann.

 

From 2016 to 2022 he was a permanent ensemble member of the Theatre Magdeburg. The baritone's wide-ranging repertoire includes over 40 roles from opera, operetta and musical. His most important roles include Papageno ("The Magic Flute"), Peter Besenbinder ("Hansel and Gretel"), Herr Fluth ("The Merry Wives of Windsor"), Figaro ("The Barber of Seville"), Gabriel von Eisenstein ("Die Fledermaus"), Aristide ("Ball at the Savoy"), Guglielmo ("Così fan tutte"), Zurga ("The Pearl Fishers"), Valentin (Gounod's "Faust"), Edwin ("The Csárdás Princess"), Richardus ("Richard the Lionheart") as well as Pontius Pilate ("Jesus Christ Superstar") and Alfred P. Doolittle ("My Fair Lady"). His double debut as Mercutio and as Fencing Choreographer in Gounod's "Roméo et Juliette" directed by Karen Stone in the 2020/2021 season also received much recognition.


In addition to his many theatre engagements, Johannes Wollrab has always devoted himself intensively to song and concert singing. His repertoire includes oratorios and passions by Bach, Handel and Telemann as well as numerous choral symphonic works by Haydn, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Fauré and Orff and songs by Schubert, Schumann, Wolf and Busoni. Selected contemporary works round off his repertoire.

 

In December 2021, his CD "Gib frei mein Herz ..." with songs from the "Italian Songbook" by Hugo Wolf and poems and ballads by Joachim Ringelnatz was released as a musical-literary audio book.

Timeline

2000 - 2005

Training as opera and concert singer at the Hochschule für Musik "Carl Maria von Weber" in Dresden

2002 - 2004

Master class/ freelancer with the Rundfunkchor Berlin, concerts in the Berlin Philharmonie and in the Konzerthaus am Gendarmenmarkt, concert tour to Japan, final concert of the Salzburg Festival 2004

 

2005 - 2007

Soloist examination in Dresden

2007

Schlossfestspiele Sondershausen (Die Fledermaus); Oper in der Stiftsruine Bad Hersfeld (L'Orfeo) - concert performances in Frankfurt a.M., Kassel, Prague; concert performance "Dido and Aeneas" in Dresden; Concerts: St. John Passion, Christmas Oratorio

2008

Mittelsächsisches Theater Freiberg-Döbeln (Die Fledermaus/ Carmina Burana); Staatsoperette Dresden (Der Mann, der Sherlock Holmes war); Oper in der Stiftsruine Bad Hersfeld (Hänsel & Gretel); Concerts: St. Matthew Passion, St. Luke Passion, 35. Internationale Bach-Tage Hessen-Thüringen, Krypta-Konzerte St.Michaelis Hamburg, Elijah, Ein deutsches Requiem, Dettinger Te Deum, Messe Solenelle, Fauré Requiem, Christmas Oratorio

 

2009

Staatsoperette Dresden (Der Mann, der Sherlock Holmes war/ Der Vetter aus Dingsda); Oper in der Stiftsruine Bad Hersfeld (Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor); Concert performance "Die Fledermaus" at Hartberg Castle in Austria; Concerts: St John Passion, The Creation, Scenes from Goethe's Faust, The First Walpurgis Night, The Messiah, Ein deutsches Requiem, Paulus, Christmas Oratorio

 

2010

Semperoper Dresden (Genoveva); Staatstheater Cottbus (Genoveva); Oper in der Stiftsruine Bad Hersfeld (Die Zauberflöte); Theater Plauen-Zwickau (Die Fledermaus);, Anhaltisches Theater Dessau (Die Fledermaus); Staatsoperette Dresden (Der Mann, der Sherlock Homes war/ Der Vetter aus Dingsda/ Prinz Methusalem); Concerts: St. John Passion, Faust Scenes, The First Walpurgis Night, The Creation, Christmas Oratorio; Songs of a Travelling Journeyman, Italian Songbook.

 

2011

Staatstheater Cottbus (Genoveva); Oper in der Stiftsruine Bad Hersfeld (Il barbiere di Siviglia); Theater Plauen-Zwickau (Die Fledermaus); Staatsoperette Dresden (Der Vetter aus Dingsda/ Prinz Methusalem); Concerts: St. Matthew Passion, St. John Passion, Rock Oratorio Emmaus, Ein deutsches Requiem, Christmas Oratorio

 

2012

Theater Plauen-Zwickau (Die Fledermaus/ Ball im Savoy); Theater Bernburg (Die Fledermaus); Theater Eisleben (Ball im Savoy); Staatstheater Cottbus (Genoveva); Staatsoperette Dresden (Der Vetter aus Dingsda/ Prinz Methusalem); Concerts: St. John Passion, Mass in B Minor, The First Walpurgis Night, Mozart Requiem

 

2013

Theater Plauen-Zwickau (Ball im Savoy/ Il barbiere di Siviglia); Schlosstheater Fulda (Ball im Savoy); Staatsoperette Dresden (Prinz Methusalem); Theater Koblenz, (Die Fledermaus); Winterstein-Theater Annaberg (Die Fledermaus); Concerts: St. John Passion, Solomon, Love Feast of the Apostles, The Creation, Ein deutsches Requiem, Christmas Oratorio

 

2014

Theater Plauen-Zwickau (Ball im Savoy); Landestheater Altenburg-Gera (Ball im Savoy); Theater Koblenz (Die Fledermaus); Winterstein-Theater Annaberg (Die Fledermaus); Oper in der Stiftsruine (Cosi fan tutte); Theater Hagen (Ball im Savoy); Staatstheater Cottbus (Peer Gynt); Concerts: St Matthew Passion, Seven Words of Jesus, Elijah, Ein deutsches Requiem, Verdi Requiem, Christmas Oratorio.

 

2015

Theater Hagen (Ball im Savoy); Stadthalle Fürstenfeld (Les pêcheurs de perles); Theater Magdeburg (La vie parisienne); Concerts: St. Matthew Passion, The Seasons, Christmas Oratorio, Oratorio de Noël

 

2016

Permanent engagement at the Theatre Magdeburg (La vie parisienne/ Faust/ Die Zauberflöte); Oper Chemnitz (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg); Theater Winterthur (La vie parisienne); Concerts: St. John Passions, O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden, Seven Words of Jesus on the Cross, The Messiah, Stabat Mater

 

2017

Permanent engagement at the Theatre Magdeburg (Faust/ Die Zauberflöte/ Die Csadasfürstin/ La finta giardiniera/ Carmen/ Rusalka); Concerts: The Apostles, Christmas Oratorio; Recital: Gib frei mein Herz

 

2018

Permanent engagement at the Theatre Magdeburg (Die Zauberflöte/ Die Csardasfürstin/ Rusalka/ Richard the Lionheart/ Eine Nacht in Venedig/ Gräfin Mariza/ La boheme/ Jesus Christ Superstar); Concerts: Dvořák-Stabat-Mater, Emmaus, In Terra Pax, Paulus, Jommelli Requiem; Recital: Winterreise

 

2019

Permanent engagement at the Theatre Magdeburg (Eine Nacht in Venedig/ Gräfin Mariza/ La boheme/ Die Zauberflöte/ Xerxes/ Anatevka/ Kátja Kabanová/ 3 Musketiere/ Hänsel & Gretel/ Beethoven 9th Symphony); Landestheater Detmold (Faust); Concerts: Das Sühnopfer des neuen Bundes, Paulus; Recital: Gib frei mein Herz

 

2020

Permanent engagement at the Theatre Magdeburg (Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny/ Beethoven 9th Symphony/ Roméo et Juliette/ Der Zigeunerbaron/ Guys and Dolls); debut as fight choreographer in Roméo et Juliette; Recital: Winterreise

 

2021

Permanent engagement at the Theatre Magdeburg (Ritter Odilo/ Der Zigeunerbaron/ Guys and Dolls/ Die verkaufte Braut/ My Fair Lady); CD recordings: Gib frei mein Herz

2022

Permanent engagement at the Theatre Magdeburg (New Year's Concerts/ Der Zigeunerbaron/ Beethoven 9th Symphony/ Die verkaufte Braut/ Grete Minde/ My Fair Lady/ Chamber Concert/ Die Zauberflöte)