Biography


 

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The German baritone Dominik Köninger studied at the opera school in Karlsruhe with Prof. Roland Hermann. He also gained important impulses in master classes with Brigitte Fassbaender, Ann Murray, Rudolf Piernay and Kurt Moll.

First engagements took him to the Schwetzingen Festival, to the Badische Staatstheater Karlsruhe, and to the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, before becoming an ensemble member of the Tiroler Landestheater in Innsbruck in 2006/07. He then became a member of the International Opera Studios at the Staatsoper in Hamburg for two years.
Afterwards numerous guest performances led him to the Hamburg State Opera, the Theater an der Wien, the State Opera Stuttgart, the Volksoper Vienna, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and the Bavarian State Opera.
His operatic repertoire includes Pagageno (The Magic Flute), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Conte Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro), Dandini (Rossini / La Cenerentola), Dr. Falke (The Bat), Orfeo (Monteverdi / Orfeo) and Figaro (Rossini/ Il Barbiere di Seviglia).

He has worked with such conductors as Yves Abel, Herbert Blomstedt, Bertrand De Billy, Alessandro de Marchi, Christopher Hogwood, Manfred Honneck, Kent Nagano, Antonello Manacorda, Konrad Junghänel, Helmut Rilling, Stefan Soltesz and Simone Young, as well as directors such as Barrie Kosky, Robert Carsen, Pierre Audi, Brigitte Fassbaender, Philip Stölzl or Tobias Kratzer.

Early on, he also made a name for himself as a concert singer. His broad repertoire, ranging from Baroque to contemporary compositions, led him to renowned locations such as the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus, Stuttgarter Liederhalle, the Philharmonie Berlin, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Rudolfinum Prag, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival (SHMF), Concertgebouw Amsterdam, DeSingel in Antwerp, the Glocke / Bremen and Israel.
In the summer of 2009 he was the Jesus in the German premiere of the scenic "Johannes Passion" by Robert Wilson at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival.

After his First Prize at the Wigmore Hall Song Contest 2011, he received the Wigmore Hall / INDEPENDENT OPERA Postgraduate Voice Fellowship 2011-2013 for two years.
 
Since the season 2012/13 he has been a member of the Ensemble of the Komische Oper Berlin, where he celebrated a giant success in the title role of Monteverdis Orfeo. Shortly afterwards, he also sang Papageno and Schaunard.In 2013, he debuted as Guglielmo at the New National Theater in Tokyo.
At the Komische Oper he has also been, among other things, among others. Also as Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Orest (Iphigenia on Tauris), as Count Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro) and lastly as Figaro (Barber of Seviglia) on the stage.

Concert hymns of the past years were a song recital at the Wigmore Hall in London and at the Beethovenfestival Bonn, Bach cantatas with the WDR Radio Choir under Stefan Parkman, Händel and Bach with the NDR Hanover under Bernard Labadie. Carmina Burana with the Orchester Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, a concert tour with Bach's Christmas oratorio with B'Rock under the baton of Réné Jacobs, a re-invitation to both the Bremen Philharmonic with Handel's Messiah and orchstral songs by Gustav Mahler, and to B'Rock, with another scenic St. John Passion under the musical direction of Andreas Spering, directed by Pierre Audi.

So far the following CD recordings with Dominik Köninger:
2009 Schubert Fairs in A major and Magnificat D486 (Immortal Bach Ensemble, Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Naxos);
2011 Dialogues of the Carmelites, Theater an der Wien, ORF-Radiosinfonie-Orchester, Bertrand de Billy (Oehms);
2011 C.Orff, Carmina burana, Schleswig-Holstein Festival Choir, Martin Grubinger, piano duo Önder (Sony).