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A native of northern Germany, Wolfgang Schöne studied at the Music Academies of Hamburg and Hanover. Between 1973 and 2005 he was part of the Stuttgart Staatstheater company, where he was named a Kammersänger in 1978 and an honorary member in 2006. His repertoire, which includes around 70 roles, extends to the dramatic heldenbaritone end of the spectrum, including such roles as Wagner’s Dutchman, Hans Sachs, and the Wanderer; Strauss’s Mandryka, Jochanaan, and Barak; Pfitzner’s Borromeo; Dr. Schön in Berg’s Lulu; and the villains in Les Contes d’Hoffmann. He makes regular guest appearances at the opera houses of Paris, Barcelona, Berlin, and Amsterdam, as well as at the Glyndebourne, Salzburg, Munich, and Aix-en-Provence festivals. Wolfgang Schöne has collaborated with such conductors as Solti, Muti, Mehta, Barenboim, Sawallisch, Sinopoli, Rattle, and Thielemann. Most recently he has performed in Henze’s L’Upupa at the Semperoper in Dresden and in Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten at Los Angeles Opera.