SALZBURGER FESTSPIELE
Mozart | Le Nozze di Figaro - Don Basilio
July / August 2015

Paul Schweinester, tenor

After his successful debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden Paul Schweinester returns at the beginning of the season 2015/16 in the revival of Strauss´Ariadne auf Naxos as Brighella. He will make his debuts at the Opéra National de Montpellier in a new production of Weill's Royal Palace and at the Bregenz Festival in Faccio's Amleto. In summer 2016 he will return to the Salzburg Festival in the revival of Le Nozze di Figaro as Basilio. Concerts will take him on tour with the Wiener Akademie to Madrid and to the Musikverein in Vienna, where he can be seen in Händel's Susanna. As a sought after Bach singer, he was also invited by the Bach Choir Gütersloh to participate in the St. John Passion.

Paul Schweinester can already look back on a remarkable career. At the beginning of the season 2014/15 Paul Schweinester made his debut at Haydn Festival Eisenstadt singing Haydn’s The Seasons. Afterwards he made his debut at Opéra National de Paris as Pedrillo in a new production of Entführung aus dem Serail with Philippe Jordan conducting as well as his debut in Zimmermann’s Soldaten at Teatro alla Scala Milano. Concerts and recitals brought him to NDR Hamburg, to Viennese Jeunesse Musicale, to Innsbruck and to the Festival Bogotá, where he sang Mozart’s Mass c-minor and Requiem. In summer he appeared for the first time in a new production of Salzburg Festival 2015 singing Basilio in Nozze di Figaro under the baton of Dan Ettinger.

After his great personal success in the world premiere of the Cerha-opera Onkel Präsident at Munich's Prinzregententheater, Paul Schweinester sang as well the world premiere of Der Flaschengeist by Hiller in January 2014. Previously, he made his debut with the Orchestre des Pays de la Loire with the Great Mass in C minor by Mozart and returned to Vienna with selected Bach-Cantatas at the Vienna Konzerthaus. In June, the tenor made his debut as Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos under the direction of Antonio Pappano at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London. Right after, he was engaged to sing Pedrillo in concert performances of Die Entführung aus dem Serail next to Rolando Villazon and Diana Damrau, under the direction of Yannick Nézet-Séguin and recorded by DG. Later in August he made his debut at Bregenzer Festspiele singing a concert performance of Der Schauspieldirektor.

Paul Schweinester was born in Innsbruck and became soprano soloist of the Wiltener Sängerknaben. In 2009 he graduated from the University of Music and performing Arts in Vienna with distinction and continued his studies at the Conservatorio di Musica Santa Cecilia in Rome. Very early he could make first professional experiences at the Tiroler Festspiele Erl under Gustav Kuhn, at the Wiener Festwochen and the Festival of Reinsberg.

As a member of the Young Singers Project at Salzburg Festival 2012 he had opportunity to work with conductors such as Daniele Gatti and Ingo Metzmacher. From 2009/10 to 2012/13 he was ensemble member at Wiener Volksoper, where he appeared i.a. in Le Nozze di Figaro, Entführung aus dem Serail and The Bartered Bride. Further engagements include the CD-recording of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Haydn’s Requiem in Vienna and Rossini’s Stabat Mater in Bregenz.

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