Peter Wimberger

Peter WimbergerFor many years Peter Wimberger has been a leading interpreter of the taxing Wagnerian "Heldenbariton" parts. His interpretation of Wotan in Die Walküre could be heard most recently during the season 2005/2006 within a new production at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.


He studied at the Musikakademie of Vienna, where he was a pupil of Paul Schöffler and Adolf Vogel.


Peter Wimberger made his stage debut at the Opera House of Dortmund as Pietro in Simon Boccanegra by Verdi. Very soon he became a member of the Vienna State Opera where he has remained since. The large range of his dark bass-baritone voice allows him to sing not only the great bass parts of the German repertoire like Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte), Baron Ochs (Der Rosenkavalier), Daland (Der fliegende Holländer), Falstaff (The Merry Wives of Windsor), Pogner (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Marke (Tristan und Isolde), König Heinrich (Lohengrin), Landgraf (Tannhäuser), but also the most demanding dramatic German bass-baritone roles like Holländer (Der fliegende Holländer, Jochanaan (Salome), Orest (Elektra), Pizarro (Fidelio), Amfortas (Parsifal) and most notably Wotan, Wanderer and Gunther in Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen. Especially the last part led him to many major opera houses and festivals around the world. However he is equally successful with his Italian, French and Russian Repertoire (Walter in Luisa Miller, Ramfis in Aida, Zaccaria in Nabucco, Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Comte des Grieux in Massenet's Manon, Nilakantha in Delibes's Lakmé, Rangoni in Boris Godunow).


Peter Wimberger has regularly done guest engagements for the Metropolitan Opera New York (Wotan in Walküre) at the Royal Opera Copenhagen, in Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Buenos Aires (Fidelio), Basel, Barcelona (Wanderer in Siegfried and Rangoni), Cologne, Milano (Tannhäuser), Palermo, Naples (Amfortas), Toronto (Jochanaan), Tokyo (Jochanaan), Liège (Wotan) at the Festivals of Bregenz, Salzburg and Florence (Wotan).


After having been a long time member of the Vienna State opera Peter Wimberger since 2002 is a free lance artist and is doing numerous guest appearances at various theatres around the world (including but not only his former artistic home Vienna State Opera). In Vienna he has sung Pogner in the latest premiere of Meistersinger in 2003. Further recent engagements were Amfortas in Parsifal for the Wagner festival in Erl (conducted by Gustav Kuhn), and Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor at the Summer Festival Klosterneuburg. In 2004 he could also be heard as Wotan in a concert performance in the one-evening adaption of the Ring by Loriot. At the Théatre Capitole de Toulouse he appeared as the Athlet in Lulu, conducted by Günter Neuhold in 2004.


Engagements of recent years include Krat in Herbert Willi’s opera Schlafes Bruder in Klagenfurt, Cuno in a new production of Der Freischütz at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Monterone a new production of Verdi's Rigoletto and Bonzo in Madama Butterfly at the Vienna Volksoper, Strauss's Elektra in Toulouse and Wilhelm Kienzl's Der Evangelienmann in Klagenfurt.


Apart from singing opera, Peter Wimberger enjoys an equally successful career as concert and oratorio singer. In 2002 he has recorded a recital CD of the most famous drinking songs.