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Tenor Andreas Conrad, a native of Magdeburg, studied with Marianne Fischer-Kupfer at the Carl Maria von Weber Academy of Music in Dresden and began his career at the Opera Studio of the Saxon Staatsoper. For over 20 years, from 1984 to 2007, he was a member of the ensemble of the Komische Oper Berlin, where he was appointed Kammersänger in 1998. During this permanent engagement, Conrad also developed an international career performing character parts on major stages around the world. Credits have included appearances in Janácek’s From the House of the Dead at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and at La Scala in Milan, the Hauptmann in Berg’s Wozzeck at the Opéra Bastille in Paris, and Aron in Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron at the Ruhrtriennale. He has also performed at the Salzburg Festival, in Aix-en-Provence, at the Royal Opera House in London, and in Vienna. Conrad is considered an outstanding singing actor with a commanding stage presence—a talent valued by such directors as Harry Kupfer, Hans Neuenfels, Willy Decker, and Patrice Chéreau, all of whom who have collaborated with the tenor. Conrad has worked with such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Colin Davis, Kurt Masur, and Seiji Ozawa. In the 2012-13 season, Conrad’s engagements will take him to the Opéra National de Paris, and he will also participate in a new recording of Wagner’s Ring conducted by Marek Janowski, for which he will sing Mime. He will also perform this role at the Grand Théâtre de Genève in the spring of 2013, when Dieter Dorn and Ingo Metzmacher will present a new production of the Ring cycle there.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 14 September 2010 in Schoenberg’s Gurre-Lieder, in a concert with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra led by David Zinman.