Biography

The young Austrian Baritone Adrian Eröd is already a great favorite of public and press at his base, the Vienna State Opera, with his tremendous diversity, whether as Figaro in Rossini’s Barber of Seville, as Valentin in Gounod’s Faust, as Billy Budd or as Lescaut in Massenet’s Manon.

His magnificent success with Christian Thielemann as Sixtus Beckmesser in Wagner’s Meistersinger von Nürnberg led to an invitation to sing the role at the Bayreuther Festspielen. Since that time he sang the role of Beckmesser also in Zurich, Cologne, Leipzig, Tokyo and Amsterdam.
His performance of Loge in Wagner’s Das Rheingold have attracted international attention and his creation of the role of Shylock in the World Premiere of André Tchaikovsky’s “The Merchant of Venice” at the Bregenz Festival was highly acclaimed.

Since his debut 2001 at the Vienna State Opera as Mercutio in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, Adrian Eröd has been cast in such roles as Guglielmo, Conte Almaviva, Dr. Falke, Albert (Werther) and Olivier (Capriccio). The leading male role of Jason in Aribert Reimann’s Medea was written for him and he performed the world premiere. He has also appeared at the Teatro Fenice in Venice (Harlekin), at the Hamburg State Opera (Pelléas), the Oper Frankfurt (Prospero in Adès’ The Tempest), the Tokyo National Opera (Guglielmo, Eisenstein), the Paris Opera (Olivier) and the Houston Grand Opera (Don Giovanni).

Following his education at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Vienna, where he was a student of Walter Berry, Adrian Eröd was engaged at the Wiener Kammeroper, then the Landestheater Linz, then Wiener Volksoper and finally the Vienna State Opera, which, alongside his forthcoming international engagements, will continue to be a central base in his artistic future. In the coming years he will be appearing at the Semperoper in Dresden (Faninal), the Chicago Lyric Opera (Falke) and the Salzburg Festival.

Parallel to his opera career, Adrian Eröd is also extremely successful on the concert stage. He has appeared with Riccardo Muti and the Vienna Philharmonic, with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic, with Nikolaus Harnoncourt in Bach’s Matthäuspassion, with Fabio Luisi and Rafel Frühbeck de Burgos in Orff’s Carmina Burana, and with Helmut Rilling in Bach’s Magnificat and Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Gewandhausorchester in the Thomaskirche Leipzig.

He has also appeared at the Suntory Hall Tokyo, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Vienna Musikverein and Konzerthaus, the Lucerne Festival, the Salzburger Mozart Woche, the Styriate Graz and the Beethoven Festival in Bonn. He has worked with Maximilian Schell, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Uri Caine, Thomas Hengelbrock, Marcello Viotti and the Ensemble Modern.

He is particularly fond of Lied, and has given recitals in the Vienna Musikverein, the Linzer Brucknerhaus, the Lisztzentrum Raiding, the Tokyo Spring Festival and the Carinthian Summer. He recently recorded a CD of Schubert’s Winterreise for the Label Gramola.


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