About René Pape
René Pape is one of the most sought-after basses in the world. He was born in Dresden where already as a child he sang in the famous Kreuzchor boys’ choir. In 1991 Sir Georg Solti cast him, despite his youth, as Sarastro in a production of Mozart’s Magic Flute at the Salzburg Festival. In the same year he debuted in that role also in Milan’s La Scala. Then during the next several years he appeared progressively in London’s Covent Garden, in the Bayreuth Festival, and in New York’s Metropolitan Opera, where by now he has performed about twenty roles. His repertoire is very broad, ranging from Mozart and Beethoven through Gounod, Saint-Saëns, and Mussorgsky to Verdi, Wagner, and Richard Strauss. He has also made numerous recordings of both operatic and concert repertoire. In June 2014 he gave a solo recital in Prague.