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The tenor Werner Güra, a native of Munich, acquired his first musical experience with the Regensburg Cathedral Choir before studying voice at the Mozarteum in Sazlburg. He completed his training with Kurt Widmer in Basel, Margreet Honig in Amsterdam, and Wessela Zlateva in Vienna. After his first stage performances in Basel and Frankfurt am Main, he became a member of the Dresdner Semperoper ensemble in 1995, learning the great Mozart roles as well as those of Rossini, Strauss, and Britten. Soon after that, Daniel Barenboim engaged him at the Staatsoper Berlin, and he went on to perform as Tamino (Die Zauberflöte) at the Opéra National de Paris and the Théatre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels. Güra’s credits also include Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) under René Jacobs at the Innsbruck Festival for Early Music and at the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden. In May 2014 he will take part in the new Zurich production of Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria. But the focus of his work is in the concert hall. Güra has partnered with the best orchestras of Eurpope – and with such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Philippe Herreweghe, Ton Koopman, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Roger Norrington. Güra is moreover renowned for his lieder performances. He has given recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall, Lincoln Center in New York, and the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg, as well as in Cologne and Barcelona. His recordings of lieder, including accounts of the great cycles by Schubert and Schumann as well as Wolf’s Mörike settings, have received many awards. In 2012 he garnered the ECHO Klassik Award for his CD Willkommen und Abschied. Werner Güra teaches voice at the Zurich Academy of Music.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 18 August 1996 in Bach’s B minor Mass under Marcus Creed; last appearance on 27 August 2011 in a recital of Schubert and Schumann lieder.