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Klaus Florian Vogt, a native of Heide in Schleswig-Holstein, began his career as a horn player with the Hamburg State Philharmonic. During this time he also studied voice at the Lübeck Academy of Music under Günter Binge, and in 1997 he became part of the Landestheater Flensburg ensemble. The following year he moved to the Semperoper in Dresden, where he worked with such conductors as Giuseppe Sinopoli and Colin Davis; since 2003 he has been a freelance artist. Having begun as a lyric tenor, in 2002 Vogt sang Wagner’s Lohengrin for the first time, and this soon became his trademark role. He subsequently took on other Wagner roles such as Stolzing in Die Meistersinger, Parsifal, Erik in The Flying Dutchman, and Loge in Das Rheingold. In 2006 Vogt made his American debut as Lohengrin at the Metropolitan Opera in New York under James Levine. He went on to perform this role in new productions at the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden, in Cologne, and at the Lindenoper in Berlin. In 2007 he made his debut at the Bayreuth Festival as Stolzing. Vogt first appeared at the Vienna Staatsoper in 2008, and he has performed such roles as Andrey in Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina, the Prince in Rusalka, and, in 2012, Siegmund in Die Walküre at the Bavarian Staatsoper. He made his debut at Los Angeles Opera as Florestan in Beethoven’s Fidelio and at the Netherlands Opera Amsterdam as Paul in Korngold’s Die tote Stadt. His first venture into French repertoire was singing the title role in Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust in the spring of 2014 at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Klaus Florian Vogt has recorded three solo CDs; his debut album won the ECHO Klassik Award in 2012.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 1 April 2006 as “a half-hearted but later zealous Christian” in Mozart’s The Obligation of the First Commandment under Nikolaus Harnoncourt.