Trumpet-like is more the province of Andreas Schager, who as a properly exuberant Bacchus conquers the intense challenges Strauss laid out for his tenors. Mr. Schager manages to sing a role many squeal, blazing out the score’s unfriendly high notes.
- The New York Times (Ariadne auf Naxos, The Cleveland Orchestra, 2019) -
Austrian tenor Andreas Schager is acclaimed for his performances of highly demanding parts of the Heldentenor repertoire.
Upcoming engagements include his debut as Siegfried in the Ring at the Metropolitan Opera, as well as Tristan at Opéra National de Paris, both lead by Philippe Jordan, Lohengrin at the Wiener Staatsoper under Simone Young, Siegfried in the Ring at Staatsoper Hamburg under Kent Nagano, Tristan with Daniel Barenboim at Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Apollo in Richard Strauss’ Daphne at Oper Frankfurt under Sebastian Weigle, and his return to the Bayreuth Festival as Parsifal in 2019.
The 2017-18 season marked Mr. Schager’s much anticipated debut at the Wiener Staatsoper performing Apollo in Daphne, as well as Max in Von Weber’s Der Freischütz. He could be heard in the title role of Parsifal in a number of productions: the Hamburg Staatsoper in a new production under the musical direction of Kent Nagano, the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin under Daniel Barenboim, at the Opéra National de Paris under Philippe Jordan, and at The Bayreuth Festival under Semyon Bychkov. Furthermore, he sang Siegfried in Wagner’s Götterdämmerung opposite Nina Stemme at the Semperoper in Dresden under Christian Thielemann. Audiences in Berlin could also hear him as Wagner’s Tannhäuser at Deutsche Oper Berlin under Donald Runnicles and as Tristan at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden under Daniel Barenboim. Mr. Schager rang out the old year with the traditional New Year’s concerts of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at Vienna’s Konzerthaus with the Vienna Symphony under Philippe Jordan.
He started the 2016-17 season as Florestan in Beethoven’s Fidelio conducted by Daniel Barenboim at the Staatsoper Berlin and then went on to sing Tristan with Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. Further engagements included his North American debut as Siegfried in Götterdämmerung with the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto under Johannes Debus and with the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden and Semperoper Dresden, Siegfried in Siegfried at Oper Leipzig and in Wiesbaden, and the title role in Parsifal at the Bayreuther Festspiele.
Mr. Schager started the 2015-16 season singing the title role in Tannhäuser at Vlaamse Opera. Audiences in Berlin had the opportunity to hear him a number of times at the Staatsoper Berlin as Max in Der Freischütz, Erik in Der fliegende Holländer, the title role in Parsifal under Daniel Barenboim, and at the end of the season as Siegfried in Siegfried and Götterdämmerung, again under Daniel Barenboim. He sang Siegmund in Die Walküre in Baden Baden, at Theater Meiningen and at Oper Leipzig, where he also took the stage singing the title role in Rienzi. Andreas Schager appeared in two productions at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg under Valery Gergiev, repeating Siegfried in Götterdämmerung and singing Tristan in Tristan und Isolde. He finished the season with his debut at the Bayreuth Festival as Erik in Der fliegende Holländer and Parsifal, and as soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 at the Lucerne Festival under Riccardo Chailly. In addition to his close collaboration with Daniel Barenboim and Valery Gergiev, Mr. Schager also appeared in concert twice with Marek Janowski and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, singing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at the Konzerthaus Berlin and singing Siegfried at the Bunka Kaikan Hall in Tokyo. Another concert highlight was his performance of Schönberg’s Gurrelieder at L’Opéra Bastille in Paris under Philippe Jordan.
In the 2014-15 season some of Mr. Schager’s highlights included his concert performances as Menelas in Die Ägyptische Helena at Oper Frankfurt under Stefan Soltesz and his role debut as Parsifal at the Staatsoper Berlin under the baton of Daniel Barenboim in a new production by Dmitri Tcherniakov. He also made his US and New York debuts as Apollo in Daphne with the Cleveland Orchestra under Franz Welser-Möst in Cleveland and in New York, a role he also sang in a staged production at Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse. He appeared as Tristan in Tristan und Isolde under the baton of Myung-Whun Chung and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as with the West Eastern Divan Orchestra under Daniel Barenboim in Sevilla.
In 2013-14 he could be heard at Vlaamse Opera and at Staatstheater Darmstadt in the role of Tristan in Tristan und Isolde, as Siegfried in Siegried and Götterdämmerung at Oper Halle and as Max in Der Freischütz at Oper Köln. He also sang Apollo in Daphne at Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, and later in that season the first act of Die Walküre in concert with the Bamberg Symphony under the direction of Jonathan Nott.
Highlights of the 2012-13 season included his performance of Siegfried in Götterdämmerung at the Staatsoper Berlin conducted by Daniel Barenboim, a production also presented at the BBC Proms in London and his debut at the Teatro alla Scala with the same piece. Mr. Schager came to international attention through celebrated performances of the title role in Rienzi with the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro Real in Madrid, Rome Opera and Staatsoper Hamburg.
Mr. Schager studied with Prof. Walter Moore at the University for Music in Vienna. He completed his studies with James King and Toma Popescu. He began gaining acclaim through his performances in various competitions: in 1998 he won the Special Jury Prize at the 5th International Viennese Music Competition. The following year, he won the medal of the Foundation „Jean-Frédéric Perrenoud“ in Neuchâtel in Switzerland, the Critic’s Prize and the Prize of the town Constanza in the International Competition for Tenors in Lugoj, Romania, which led to his opera debut as Ferrando in Così fan tutte at the Festival Mozart in Schönbrunn.
In the following years he sang numerous lyrical tenor roles appearing on stage in a large number of theaters and festivals, like the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, the Alte Oper Frankfurt, the International Music Festival Chiemgau, and the Wiener Festwochen. He also performed the roles of Der Steuermann and Erik in Der Fliegende Holländer and David in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg under the direction of Gustav Kuhn at the Tiroler Festspiele Erl.
Andreas Schager has been featured in performances in the Franz Liszt Hall in Budapest, the Wiener Konzerthaus, the Wiener Musikverein and the Mozarteum Salzburg. He has performed Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde at the Gustav Mahler Music Weeks in Toblach and the tenor part in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in Bolzano and Ravenna. He has given numerous Lied recitals, with Jörg Demus and Walter Moore, amongst others.
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Austrian tenor Andreas Schager brought bright, beautiful, ringing, smooth tone, with an very easy top. His Siegfried is unusually youthful and full of energy. All in all, it was a remarkable performance.
Musical Toronto (Siegfried, Canadian Opera Company, 2017)