Andreas Schager © David Jerusalem
Andreas Schager, who was born in 1971 in Lower Austria, studied with Walter Moore at the Vienna University for Music and made his opera debut as Ferrando in Così fan tutte at the Mozart in Schönbrunn Festival. He started his career as a lyric tenor with the ensemble of the United City Stages of Krefeld and Mönchengladbach. He soon began performing at the Wiener Festwochen, the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Oper Köln, and the Royal Opera in Canada. With David in Die Meistersinger, which he performed in 2009 at the Tyrol Festival in Erl, Schager undertook his first Wagner role. In 2011 he moved to the heldentenor repertoire, initially with such roles as Wagner’s Rienzi, Florestan in Beethoven’s Fidelio, and Max in Weber’s Der Freischütz. In 2012 he made his debut as Wagner’s Tristan and as Siegfried in The Ring – two key roles of his repertoire, which he has subsequently sung at many leading opera houses, including the Staatsoper Berlin, La Scala in Milan, and the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg. In the 2015-16 season Schager appeared as Parsifal in Berlin, Siegmund in Die Walküre at Leipzig Opera, and Tannhäuser at Flemish Opera in Antwerp. In the summer of 2016 he appeared for the first time at the Bayreuth Festival as Erik in Der fliegende Holländer and has been engaged there for 2017 and 2018 as Parsifal. With the Cleveland Orchestra under Franz Welser-Möst, Schager has performed Apollo in Strauss’s Daphne in New York; at Frankfurt Opera he took part in another rarely performed Strauss opera when he sang Menelas in Die Ägyptische Helena. His concert repertoire includes such works as Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, and Schoenberg’s Gurre-Lieder.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 4 September 2013 as Siegfried in a concert performance of Wagner’s Götterdämmerung with the Bamberg Symphony under Jonathan Nott.