Konstantin Wolff

The German bass-baritone Konstantin Wolff, who was born in 1978 in Giessen, studied with Donald Litaker at the Music Academy in Karlsruhe and won the Mendelssohn Competition of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation in 2004. The following year he made his stage debut as Mercurio in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea in a performance conducted by William Christie at the Opéra National de Lyon. The works of George Frideric Handel are at the center of his operatic repertoire. Wolff has sung Orlando at Zurich Opera and at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels; Rodelinda, conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, at the Theater an der Wien; and Giulio Cesare at the Göttingen International Handel Festival. In addition Wolff has appeared as a Mozart interpreter. René Jacobs invited him to take part in his production of Die Zauberflöte in Aix-en-Provence and also engaged him as Figaro; Yannick Nézet-Séguin brought him to the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus as Masetto in Don Giovanni; and Teodor Currentzis hired him to sing Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte. Currently Wolff is performing as a dancing singer in the role of Plutone in a staging of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo that was directed by the choreographer Sasha Waltz; it can be seen at Lille Opera following stops in Amsterdam, Luxembourg, Bergen, Baden-Baden, and Berlin during the 2015-16 season. Konstantin Wolff performs as a concert singer with the leading early music ensembles and has also collaborated with Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Ton Koopman, Marc Minkowski, and Sir Simon Rattle. He gives lieder recitals with the pianists Alexander Schmalcz and Trung Sam. In addition, Wolff is involved in contemporary music and took part in the world premieres of Dalbavie’s Gesualdo in Zurich and Mernier’s Frühlings Erwachen in Brussels.

February 2016