Thomas Johannes Mayer

Baritone

Began his musical education on the piano and the flute when he was 8 years old. After studying history, German literature, philosophy and music pedagogy, he successfully completed his vocal training at the College of Music in Cologne with Liselotte Hammes and Kurt Moll.  

 

His international career took off  in the 2007/08 season when he performed the title role in Berg's Wozzeck (directed by Jürgen Flimm) at La Scala in Milan, which subsequently engaged him as Posa in Don Carlo.  

 

Since then, he made guest appearances at many opera houses, including De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam, the Theater in Basel, the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin, the Komische Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf, the Aalto Theater in Essen, the Staatsoper in Hamburg, the opera houses in Cologne and Leipzig, La Scala in Milano, the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, the Opéra National de Paris, the New National Theatre Tokyo, the Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, the Theater an der Wien in Vienna and the Zurich Opera House. He also performed at the Bregenz Music Festival, the Herodus Atticus Festival in Athens, the Bayreuth Festival and the Salzburg Festival.  

 

Highlights among his past performances include the roles of Wotan/Wanderer at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich (musical director: Kent Nagano), Wotan at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin (musical director: Daniel Barenboim), Wotan at the Deusche Oper, Berlin (musical director: Sir Simon Rattle), Amfortas (musical director: Donald Runnicles) and Wotan/Wanderer at the Opéra National de Paris (musical director: Philippe Jordan), Wotan (musical director: Zubin Metha) at the Palau de les Arts Reine Sofia in Valencia, Iago in Otello at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Wotan/Wanderer at De Nederlandse Opera, Jochanaan at the Staatsoper Hamburg, Barak in Die Frau Ohne Schatten in a new production at the Leipzig Opera House (musical director: Ulf Schirmer) and Telramund at the 2014 Bayreuth Festival.  

 

Several opera houses have already engaged him for future performances, including for the roles of Vautrin in Trompe la mort and Mizgir in Snegurochka at the Opera Bastille Paris, Der Wanderer in Siegfried in Bayreuth, Mandryka in Arabella at the Oper Leipzig and at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, Jochanaan in Salome and Tamare in Die Gezeichneten at the Zurich Opera, as well as the title role in Falstaff at the Vlaamse Opera, Antwerp, Jochanaan in Salome at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin, Telramund in Lohengrin at the Marseille Opera and at the Royal Opera House, London.

 

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Composer Opera Role Theatre
L. van Beethoven Fidelio Don Fernando, Don Pizarro Nice Opera
A. Berg Lulu Athlet, Tierbändiger Berlin (UDL)
      Salzburg (Fest)
  Wozzeck Wozzeck Theater Basel
      Tokyo (NNT)
G. Bizet Carmen Escamillo  
W. Braunfels Der Traum ein Leben Zaza  
B. Britten A midsummer night`s dream Demetrius, Snug  
C. W. Gluck Iphigénie en Tauride Thoas Opera Bastille Paris
E. Grieg Peer Gynt Peer Gynt  
P. Hindemith Mathis der Maler Mathis Mathis  
E. Humperdinck Hänsel und Gretel Vater  
E. Krenek Karl V Karl V, Luther, Soliman  
R. Leoncavallo Pagliacci Tonio Hamburg (SO)
G. Ligeti Le Grand Macabre Nekrotzar  
A. Lortzing Der Wildschütz Graf von Eberbach  
  Zar und Zimmermann Zar  
P. Mascagni Cavalleria Rusticana Alfio Hamburg (SO)
D. Milhaud La mere coupable Begaers Theater an der Wien
W. A. Mozart Don Giovanni Don Giovanni  
M. Musorkski Boris Godunow Schtchelkalov  
V. Nessler Der Trompeter von Säckingen Werner  
O. Nicolai Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor Herr Fluth  
J. Offenbach Barkouf Grand Mogul  
  Contes d`Hoffmann Lindorf, Coppélius, Dr. Miracel, Dapertutto Hamburg (SO)
C. Orff   Carmina Burana  Teatro Regio Turin 
H. Pfitzner Palestrina Borromeo Munich (SO)
G. Puccini Tosca Scarpia Staatsoper u. den Linden
S. Prokoviev Die Liebe zu den drei Orangen Celio  
E. Schneider Albert, Warum? Hans  
A. Schnittke Leben mit einem Idioten Mann (Ich)  
O. Schoeck Penthesilea Achilles  
A. Schönberg Moses und Aron Ephraimite  
F. Schreker Das Spielwerk und die Prinzessin Meister Florian  
J. Strauss Die Fledermaus Eisenstein, Falke  
  Zigeunerbaron Homonay  
R. Strauss Arabella Mandryka München Festival
  Frau ohne Schatten Barak, Geisterbote Leipzig, Zürich
  Frau ohne Schatten Barak, Geisterbote Salzburg (Fest)
  Salome Jochanaan Hamburg (SO), Wiesbaden
H. Stumpf-Balden Der Auftrag Diktator  
M. Trojahn Enrico Dottore  
P. I. Tschaikowski Eugen Onegin Onegin  
V. Ullmann Kaiser von Atlantis Kaiser Overall  
G. Verdi Aida Amonasro  
  Don Carlo Posa La Scala Milan
  Macbeth Macbeth Oper Köln
  La Traviata Germont,  
  Trovatore Luna Oper Köln
  Otello Jago Deutsche Oper Berlin
  Rigoletto Rigoletto Hamburg (SO)
  Simon Boccanegra Paolo Hamburg (SO)
R. Wagner Der fliegende Holländer Holländer Oper Leipzig
      Athens Opera
      Tokyo (NNT)
  Lohengrin Telramund Hamburg (SO)
      Liceu Barcelona
      Bayreuth
      Deutsche Oper Berlin
  Parsifal Amfortas  
  Rheingold Wotan Oper Leipzig
      Geneva
      Bastille
      Amsterdam
      München (SO)
  Siegfried Wanderer Amsterdam, München (SO)
  Tannhäuser Wolfram  
  Tristan und Isolde Kurwenal, Melot, Steuermann  
  Walküre Wotan München (SO)
      Amsterdam
      Leipzig
C. M. v. Weber Der Freischütz Ottokar, Kaspar  
K. Weill Dreigroschenoper Macheath  
  Mahagonny Bill  

Barak «Die Frau Ohne Schatten» Zurich Opera 2014


...un sorprendente Barak: Thomas Johannes Meyer, forse il più applaudito alla fine (nell'ambito di un pieno successo collettivo). A suo favore gioca una voce scura e sicura, ben proiettata e perfettamente sostenuta da fiati ampi e sapienti. Oltre ad un buon fraseggio la sua prova è resa completa anche dal giusto physique du rôle da grande lavoratore teutonico. 


Alberto Lucchetti, Operaclick