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Kurt Rydl

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Kurt Rydl is one of the greatest bass singers of our time. Nicknamed “The Mega Bass” and “The Bass”, Rydlstudied at the Vienna Academy of Music and in Moscow Conservatory. Kurt Rydl is a guest at all major festivals in Bayreuth, Schwetzingen, Salzburg, Bregenz, Florence, Verona, Munich and Glyndebourne. His opera repertoire comprises more than 100 roles and his concert repertoire ranges from Mozart to Penderecki, and from Beethoven to Mahler. He debuted in 1976 at the Vienna State Opera as Ferrando (Verdi’s “Il trovatore”). From there he went on to sing Colline (Puccini’s “La bohème”), Pimen (Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov”), Grand Inquisitor (Verdi’s “Don Carlo”), Mozart’s Commendatore (“Don Giovanni”), Osmin (“Die Entführung aus dem Serail”) and Sarastro (“Die Zauberflöte”), Rocco (Beethoven’s “Fidelio”), Wagner’s Daland (“Der fliegende Holländer”), King Henry (“Lohengrin”), Pogner (“Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg”), Hunding (“Die Walküre”), Fafner (“Siegfried”), Hagen (“Götterdammerung”), Titurel and Gurnemanz (“Parsifal”), Fasolt (“Das Rheingold”) and Landgraf (“Tannhäuser”), Verdi’s Roger (“Jérusalem”) and Sparafucile (“Rigoletto”), Donizetti’s Raimondo (“Lucia di Lammermoor”) and Talbot (“Maria Stuarda”), Geronte (Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut”), Bartolo (Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia”), Strauss’ Ochs (“Der Rosenkavalier”) and Morosus (“Die schweigsame Frau”) and Claggart (Britten’s “Billy Budd”).

In 1996 he was named Austrian Kammersänger and in 1999 he became an Honorary Member of the Vienna State Opera. Rydl received the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art, 1st class in 2001.

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