Wolfgang Schöne (born 9 February 1940) is a German bass-baritone in opera and concert.
Schöne was born in Bad Gandersheim. He began his studies of voice at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover with Naan Pöld in 1964 and moved with him to the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg in 1986, achieving his diploma as a concert singer and music teacher in 1969.
After singing the part of Guglielmo in Mozart's Così fan tutte as a guest, he was engaged in 1973 at the Staatstheater Stuttgart, staying a member until 2005. He was awarded the title Kammersänger in 1978 and is "Ehrenmitglied" (Honorary Member) of the Staatsoper Stuttgart since 2007. He sang regularly at the Wiener Staatsoper from 1974 until 1993.
He appeared regularly at the Salzburg Festival. His roles there have included Almaviva in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro (1985–1987, 1990) or Alidoro in Rossini's La Cenerentola (1988–1989). He sang in a 1988 concert performance of Gottfried von Einem's Der Prozeß and in 2002 the part of Gyges in Zemlinsky's Der König Kandaules, conducted by Kent Nagano. In 2005 he appeared as Ludovico Nardi in Die Gezeichneten of Franz Schreker.
He was a guest at the Semperoper in Dresden in 1999 as Barak in Die Frau ohne Schatten of Richard Strauss and in 2000 in the title role of Wagner's Der Fliegende Holländer. In 2002 he sang for the first time the part of Hans Sachs in Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Hamburg State Opera. In 2003 he portrayed Moses in Schoenberg's Moses und Aron in Stuttgart.
In 2008, he sang for the first time Scarpia in Puccini's Tosca in Stuttgart. In 2009, he appeared at the Semperoper as Der alte Mann (The old man) in Henze's L'Upupa und der Triumph der Sohnesliebe.
Wolfgang Schöne sang in the premieres of Die Versuchung of Josef Tal in 1976 at the Bayerische Staatsoper, in Hamlet of Hermann Reutter in 1980 in Stuttgart, the part of Tom, Minette's lover in Henze's Die englische Katze, with Inga Nielsen as Minette, at the Schwetzingen Festival in 1983, and in 1992 at the Deutsche Oper Berlin the part of Josef K. in Das Schloß of Aribert Reimann.
Wolfgang Schöne sang at international opera houses, as Dr. Schön in Berg's Lulu in 1996 at the Glyndebourne Festival and in 1998 at the Opéra Bastille, as Barak in Die Frau ohne Schatten of Richard Strauss in 2000 at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, and as Amfortas in Wagner's Parsifal in 2003 and 2004 at the Teatro La Fenice.
- Wolfgang Schöne on bach-cantatas
- Eigentlich möchte ich sein wie Gyges Interview with Wolfgang Schöne, 2002 (in German)
- Wolfgang Schöne on the website of the Staatsoper Stuttgart (in German)
- Wolfgang Schöne neues Ehrenmitglied der Württembergischen Staatstheater Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg, 27 March 2007 (in German)
- Rollenverzeichnis von Wolfgang Schöne in: "Chronik der Wiener Staatsoper 1945-1995", Verlag Anton Schroll & Co., Wien und München 1995, S. 601 (in German)
- Flotter Dreier mit Fisch und Schampus review in Die Welt, 30 July 2002 (in German)
- Franz Schreker »Die Gezeichneten« review in "summa cultura", 2005 (in German)
- Meistersinger, wie nie zuvor gesehen review in Die Welt, 27 October 2002 (in German)
- Götzenbilder aus der Traumfabrik review in Online Musik Magazin, 6 July 2003 (in German)
- Wiedehöpfin wurde in Dresden gefeiert review in nmz online, 4 June 2009 (in German)
- Klassenkampf als Katzenjammer review in Der Spiegel, 6 June 1983 (in German)
- Wolfgang Schöne on the website of Konzertdirektion Schmid
- Entries for recordings by Wolfgang Schöne on WorldCat