The Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg honours Klaus Florian Vogt with the title „Hamburger Kammersänger“. The honorary title will be awarded to the tenor, whose career is closely linked to Hamburg, after the „Lohengrin“ performance at the Hamburg State Opera on 22 December 2019.
Lohengrin in the classroom - Peter Konwitschny's production of Richard Wagner's romantic opera has long been a classic. On December 22, the production with Klaus Florian Vogt in the title role, Simone Schneider as Elsa, Wolfgang Koch as Telramund and Tanja Ariane Baumgartner as Ortrud will be resumed at the Hamburg State Opera. Music Director Kent Nagano hast he musical direction. Performances: 22, 26, 29 December 2019, 3 January 2020.
Klaus Florian Vogt is one of today’s outstanding Wagner tenors. His repertoire includes mainly dramatic roles such as Lohengrin, Parsifal, Tannhäuser, Stolzing and Siegmund, as well as Florestan (“Fidelio”), Paul (“Die tote Stadt” (The Dead City)) and Hoffmann (“The Tales of Hoffmann”). He also sings lyric-dramatic roles very successfully, e.g. Erik (“The Flying Dutchman”), Andrej (“Khovanshchina”), Prinz (“Rusalka”), Bacchus (“Ariadne auf Naxos”) and Faust (“The Damnation of Faust”). He is in demand as a guest at all the world’s big opera houses and at the Bayreuth Festivals, the Salzburg Festivals and numerous international festivals.
Opera houses to which engagements have taken him include those in Munich, Berlin, Hamburg, Paris, London, Barcelona, Vienna, Madrid, Milan, Toulouse, Helsinki and New York. In 2007 Klaus Florian Vogt gave a triumphal debut as Walther von Stolzing at the Bayreuth Festival in a new staging by Katharina Wagner of „Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg“. From 2011 to 2015 he achieved further notable success as Lohengrin in the staging by Hans Neuenfels. In 2016 the audience saw him in the titel role of a new production of „Parsifal“ under the baton of Hartmut Haenchen. Since 2017 he has performed Stolzing in an other new Bayreuth production of „Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg”, directed by Barrie Kosky and conducted by Philippe Jordan, in 2019 he returend to the festival also for the title role in „Lohengrin” in the production from 2018. In 2020 he will sing the role of Siegmund in the new production of the Ring cycle.
Klaus Florian has made worldwide guest appearances as Lohengrin. There is currently no other singer who is so artistically successful in the role of Wagner’s Knight of the Grail. Opera houses in which he has been seen in the role include La Scala Milan, the Metropolitan Opera New York, the Vienna State Opera, Zürich Opera, the New National Theatre in Tokyo, the Bavarian State Opera, the German Opera House in Berlin, Hamburg State Opera, at the Baden-Baden Whitsun Festivals, and of course at the Bayreuth Festivals. Klaus Florian Vogt has also made a name for himself as a concert singer and Lied interpreter. He has made several appearances in Vienna, New York, the Tanglewood Festival, London, Athens, Berlin, Leipzig and the Salzburg Festivals, among other places. He achieved great success in 2019 with the premiere of a chamber music version of Franz Schubert's „Die schöne Müllerin“ at the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie. He works with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Andris Nelsons, Christian Thielemann, Simone Young, Antonio Pappano and Kent Nagano. Numerous recordings and solo albums by Klaus Florian Vogt are available, including the three solo CDs “Helden” (Heroes).
Klaus Florian Vogt recorded a series of thrilling operetta hits for his “Favorites” CD, in which he displays a fascinating spectrum of melodies from “Grüß mir mein Wien” and “Es steht ein Soldat am Wolgastrand” to “Dein ist mein ganzes Herz” as well as hits from musicals like “Music in the Night” from “Phantom of the Opera”.