Bernd Weikl

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Bernd Weikl
Bernd Weikl with the Staatskapelle Dresden in 1973.jpg
Weikl singing with the Staatskapelle Dresden in 1973
Born (1942-07-29) 29 July 1942 (age 76)
Vienna
Education
Occupation

Bernd Weikl (born 29 July 1942)[1] is an Austrian operatic baritone, particularly known for his performances in the stage works by Richard Wagner. He also has written books and directed operas.

Career[edit]

Born in Vienna, he moved with his family to Mainz when he was ten years old.[1] Weikl studied first in Mainz, national economics, and from 1962 to 1965 at the conservatory.[1] He then studied voice at the Musikhochschule Hannover with Naan Pöld und William Reimer). He made his stage debut as Ottokar in Weber's Der Freischütz an the Staatsoper Hannover.[1] From 1970 to 1973 he was a member of the company at the Düsseldorf Opera.[2]

Weikl made his debut at the Salzburg Festival in 1971 as Melot in Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, at the Bayreuth Festival in 1972 as Wolfram in Tannhäuser,[1] at the Royal Opera House in London in 1975 as Figaro in Rossini's The Barber of Seville,[2] at the Metropolitan Opera in 1977 as Wolfram,[2] and at La Scala in Milan in 1980 as Ford in Verdi's Falstaff.

Roles[edit]

Weikl has performed around 120 roles during his career, in five languages.[1] He is known for Hans Sachs in Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg,[3] which he has sung in major opera houses of the world. Other roles include:

Recordings[edit]

Book publications[edit]

Weikl has published books about German music, including Swastikas on Stage[4][5] and Freispruch für Richard Wagner? (Acquittal for Richard Wagner?).[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Weikl, Bernd" (in German). Austria Forum. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Bernd Weikl" (in German). Bayreuth Festival. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  3. ^ Ozorio, Anne (July 2006). "Richard Wagner (1813-1883) / Der Meistersinger von Nürnberg". musicweb-international.com. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  4. ^ Mark Berry (2016-07-02). "Book Review: Bernd Weikl, Swastikas on Stage". Boulezian (Blog). Retrieved 2019-07-04.
  5. ^ Larry Wolff (2017-08-02). "Wagner On Trial". New York Review of Books. Retrieved 2019-07-04.
  6. ^ "Bernd Weikl: Richard Wagner – Revolutionär und Mystiker". Online Merker. 2018-07-17. Retrieved 2019-07-04.

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