Vita (english version)

Curriculum Vitae

The bass Magnus Piontek is a sought-after opera and oratorio singer.

His signature roles include the major Wagnerian roles as well as those of romantic oratorio.

Working freelance, he will debut in the near future as King Marke (Tristan und Isolde) with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Prague, as King Treff (Love for Three Oranges) in Bonn, as well as at the internationally renowned Opernhaus Zürich.

In past seasons, he made acclaimed debuts at Oper Leipzig as Jeronimus (Maskarade), at Staatstheater Kassel as Doktor (Wozzeck), as Un Frate and Grand Inquisitor (Don Carlo) at the theaters in Bonn and Osnabrück, and as Colline (La Bohème) at Semperoper Dresden.

In his long-standing conctract at Die Theater Chemnitz, Magnus Piontek established himself with the major Wagnerian roles such as Gurnemanz (Parsifal), Landgraf (Tannhäuser), Veit Pogner (Meistersinger), King Heinrich (Lohengrin), as well as Fasolt, Hunding, and Fafner in The Ring of the Nibelung. He was also seen there as Timur (Turandot), Sarastro (The Magic Flute), and Rocco (Fidelio), as well as in the title role of Boito’s Mefistofele.

The Asia tour of Komische Oper Berlin to Taiwan and Macau, where he once again appeared as Sarastro (The Magic Flute), was another highlight of his career.

In 2016, he made his debut at the Semperoper Dresden, where he has since been seen, among other roles, as Bartolo (The Marriage of Figaro), Méru (The Huguenots), Zeremonienmeister (Doctor Faustus), and Priest (Moses and Aaron).

During his studies, Magnus Piontek made his debut in 2012 at Nationaltheater Mannheim, where he was seen as an ensemble member in many roles of the German and Italian repertoire, as well as in numerous premieres.

In addition to his opera work, Magnus Piontek devotes himself intensively to the oratorio repertoire and has impressed in his interpretations of Verdi’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s St. Paul, Bach’s Mass in B minor, Martin’s In Terra Pax, and Haydn’s Creation.

Guest appearances have taken him to the Deutsche Oper and the Staatsoper in Berlin, to theaters in Münster, Braunschweig, and Pforzheim, as well as to the Mozart Festival in Würzburg, the Glocke in Bremen, the Easter Festival in Baden-Baden, and the Berlin Philharmonie.

He has collaborated with renowned conductors (Alan Gilbert, Dan Ettinger, Frieder Bernius, Pietari Inkinen), famous directors (Peter Konwitschny, Achim Freyer, Calixto Bieito, Balázs Kovalik), and prominent ensembles (Berliner Philharmoniker, Concerto Köln, musikFabrik, Lautten Compagney Berlin, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin).

Radio and CD productions such as Hunding (Die Walküre) alongside Klaus-Florian Vogt and Catherine Foster, Il Commendatore (Don Giovanni) with Lautten Compagney at Mozart Festival Würzburg, the premiere recording of Hans Sommer’s Rübezahl in the title role, as well as Zimmermann’s The Owl and the Flying Princess, document his work.

Magnus Piontek studied conducting with Prof. Marcus Creed (Cologne), singing with Prof. Rudolf Piernay (Mannheim), and during this time was a scholarship holder of the Richard Wagner Verband Heidelberg and the Deutsche Bank Foundation „Akademie Musiktheater heute“.

Magnus Piontek was born in Bonn in 1985 and currently lives in Leipzig.

He speaks German, English, Russian, Arabic, Italian, French, and has started to learn Korean.

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