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Johannes Wiedecke, Basso

The young bass Johannes Wiedecke was born in 1978 in Bad Oldesloe, Northern Germany. He studied voice with Siegfried Lorenz and Elisabeth Bengtson-Opitz at the Hamburg University for Music and Theatre. While still pursuing his studies he was engaged as a guest-soloist at the Stadttheater Bremerhaven and at the Hamburger Kammeroper, and in 2003 was a prize winner of the International Singing Competition “Alexander Girardi”.

From 2003 to 2006-07 Johannes was a member of the Vienna State Opera, and was awarded a scholarship by the Herbert von Karajan-Centre from the season of 2003-04 to 2005-06.

At the Vienna State Opera Johannes appeared in more than 30 roles including Fafner in Siegfried, Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro, Peneios in Daphne, Colas in Bastien und Bastienne, Sarastro in The Magic Flute for children (conductors: Seiji Ozawa, Fabio Luisi), Jorg in Verdi`s Stiffelio alongside José Cura and Renato Bruson (conductor: Marco Armilliato), Tom in Un Ballo in Maschera, Frère Laurent in Roméo et Juliette alongside Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazon under the baton of Bertrand de Billy.

At the Vienna Volksoper Johannes sang Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro and Sarastro in The Magic Flute under Marc Piollet. In 2005, he made his debut at the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Peneios in Daphne by Richard Strauss under Christian Thielemann.

At the Opera Festival Klosterneuburg 2007 Johannes made his role debut as Rocco in Fidelio. His busy activities as a guest soloist have also led him to the Theater Freiburg as Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, to the Theater Kiel as Rocco in Fidelio and for a new production of I Puritani to the Teatre Principal de Mao on Menorca, singing the part of Valton alongside Franco Vasallo, John Osborn and Mariola Cantarero conducted by Michele Mariotti.

Johannes Wiedecke was engaged at the State Theatre 'Am Gärtnerplatz' in Munich from 2007-08 to 2009-10, where he performed roles including Osmin, Sarastro, Colline and Basilio. He was first cast Dulcamara in L'Elisir D'Amore, Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance, Scalza in Boccaccio and Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd. In the season of 2009-10 his new roles at the 'Gärtnerplatz' were Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro, Joe in a new production of Weill’s Mahagonny (first cast) and Massimiliano in Verdi’s I Masnadieri. In addition, Johannes guested as Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro at theTheater Ulm.

In 2010-11, Johannes decided to work as a freelance singer. First engagemend have included R. Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos at the Theater an der Wien under Betrand de Billy as well as the Commendatore in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Landestheater Salzburg. Johannes returns to Salzburg in 2013 for the part of Le Bailli in Massenet’s Werther and appears as Truffaldino in R. Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos at the International Herrenchiemsee Festspiele under Ljubka Biagioni.

Johannes has appeared in many concert performances for example in Ravenna, Zaragossa, St. Petersburg, at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, at the Herodes Atticus in Athens, at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt and at the Teatre Principale de Palma de Mallorca.

He has sung under noted conductors including Marco Armilliato, Bertrand de Billy, Daniele Gatti, Alfred Eschwé, Graeme Jenkins, Julia Jones, Fabio Luisi, Jun Märkl, Michele Mariotti, Franz Welser-Möst, Seiji Ozawa, Renato Palumbo, Marc Piollet, Donald Runnicles, Simon Rattle, Peter Schneider, Stefan Soltesz, Christian Thielemann, Marcello Viotti and Simone Young.

In a DVD recording of the Vienna State Opera’s production of Bastien und Bastienne Johannes Wiedecke took part as Colas.


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