Biography / Timeline

1969 born in Munich
1989–1994 Study at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich
1993/94 Caramello / Eine Nacht in Venedig in Regensburg
Mai 1994 Tamino in a concert performance of Mozart's Zauberflöte in Munich (Prinzregententheater)
1994–1996 First engagement: Staatstheater Saarbrücken
April 1995 Bach's Matthäus-Passion in Frankfurt (Alte Oper)
1996 World premiere of Bibalo's Die Glasmenagerie in Trier
1997 Die Zauberflöte in Würzburg; Romberg's The Student Prince at the Schlossfestspiele in Heidelberg; Szymanowski's Krol Roger in Stuttgart
1998 Così fan tutte in Milan (Piccolo Teatro di Milano); Jaquino / Fidelio and Almaviva / Il Barbiere di Siviglia in Stuttgart
1999 La clemenza di Tito in Klagenfurt; debut at the Salzburg Festival with Busoni's Doktor Faust
2000 Così fan tutte in Hamburg, Frankfurt and Wiesbaden; Alfredo / La Traviata in Stuttgart and Florestan in Paër's Leonora in Wintherthur
2001 Wilhelm Meister / Mignon in Toulouse; Cassio / Otello at the Lyric Opera in Chicago (USA debut)
2002 Die Zauberflöte and Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Monteverdi's Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria und Paisiello's Nina in Zürich; Berlioz’ La damnation de Faust in Brüssel (La Monnaie); concerts in Spoleto und Edinburgh; Florestan / Fidelio (concert performances at the Rheingau Musik Festival and the Beethovenfest in Bonn und in Stuttgart); Flamand / Capriccio in Turin
2003 La Traviata in Chicago; concerts in Tokio; La damnation de Faust in Genf; Entführung and Clemenza at the Salzburg festival; Zauberflöte in Berlin (Komische Oper)
2004 Fidelio und Faust in Zürich; Otello (Cassio) in Paris (Bastille); Freischütz und Capriccio at the Edinburgh Festival; debut at the Royal Opera House in London with Puccini's La rondine
2005 Verdi's Falstaff and Rigoletto, Mozart's Clemenza and Così, Schubert's Fierrabras in Zürich; Beethoven's Missa Solemnis in Cleveland; Humperdinck's Königskinder in Montpellier
2006 Debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York (Alfredo / La Traviata); Mahler's Lied von der Erde at the Philharmonie in Berlin; Fierrabras in Paris (Châtelet); Parsifal in Zürich; Die verkaufte Braut in Frankfurt; Zauberflöte in Wien (Staatsoper); concert performance of Wagner's Meistersinger at the Edinburgh Festival; Zauberflöte at the Met; Don José / Carmen at the ROH
2007 La Traviata in Zürich, Paris (Garnier) and at La Scala; Königskinder and La Bohème in Zürich; first Solo albums: Richard Strauss Lieder and Romantic Arias
2008 La Bohème in Berlin (Staatsoper), La Traviata in London and at the Met; Carmen in Zürich; Tosca in London; Manon in Chicago; Fidelio in Paris (Garnier)
2009 Solo album Sehnsucht; Tosca in Zürich and Wien; Manon in Wien; Lohengrin at the opera festival in Munich; CD release Die Schöne Müllerin; Don Carlo in London; Verdi-Requiem in Paris (Pleyel) and at La Scala; inaugurazione at La Scala: Carmen
2010 Werther in Paris (Bastille); Tosca and Carmen at the Met and in München; Bayreuth debut (new production of Lohengrin); Fidelio in Luzern and München; Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur in Berlin (Deutsche Oper) and London
2011 Carmen in München; Tosca at La Scala; Siegmund / Die Walküre, Faust and solo recital at the Met; Tosca in London (ROH); concerts with Anna Netrebko and Erwin Schrott in München (Königsplatz), Wien (Stadthalle) and Berlin (Waldbühne)
2012 Don Carlo in München; Faust in Wien; Konzerttournee with Andris Nelsons in Birmingham, Paris (TCE), München (Philharmonie), Wien (Musikverein); Carmen, Ariadne auf Naxos and La Bohème at the Salzburg Festival; Verdi Requiem in Salzburg, at La Scala and in Luzern; inaugurazione at La Scala: Lohengrin
2013 Parsifal at the Met; CD release Wagner album; Wagner concert in Dresden (Semperoper); Don Carlo in London, München and at the Salzburg Festival; La fanciulla del West in Wien; CD release Verdi album; Il trovatore and La forza del destino in München
2014 CD release Winterreise; Werther at the Met; European recital tour with Winterreise and songs of Mahler, Wagner und Strauss; CD release Du bist die Welt für mich; Manon Lescaut in London and München
2015 Andrea Chénier in London; double debut Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci at the Salzburg Easter Festival; concert tout Du bist die Welt für mich; Japan tour with songs of Schumann, Wagner and Liszt; open air concert with Anna Netrebko in München (Königsplatz); Puccini concert at La Scala; Carmen in Orange; Fidelio at the Salzburg Festival; Aida in München; Soloist in the Last Night of the Proms; Berlioz’ Damnation de Faust in Paris
2016

Tosca in Wien and München, stage debut Walther / Die Meistersinger in München, Mahler's Lied von der Erde (both parts) in Wien (Musikverein) and Paris (TCE); South America Tour.

2017 Lohengrin in Paris; Recital and Wagner Concert at the Barbican Centre in London; Andrea Chenier in Munich; Tosca in Vienna; Recital at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg (debut); Otello at the ROH (role debut): La Forza del Destino in Munich; Don Carlos (original version) in Paris; Asia Tour (Taipei, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai). 
   

Awards (selection)

2007 Gramophone Award (CD Strauss Lieder)
2008 Diapason d’or (CD Romantic Arias)
2009

Singer of the Year (Opernwelt)
GQ-Man of the Year (category classical music)
Gramophone Award (CD Madama Butterfly)

2010

ECHO Klassik: Singer of the Year (CD Sehnsucht)
Diapason d’or (CD Verismo Arias)

2011

Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
Gramophone Award (CD Verismo Arias)

2012

Vocalist of the Year (Musical America, CD Verismo Arias) 
Medaille für besondere Verdienste um Bayern in einem Vereinten Europa

2013

Recording of the Year (Limelight Magazine, Wagner Album)
Singer of the Year (International Opera Awards)
ECHO Klassik: Singer of the Year (Wagner Album)
Bayerischer Kammersänger
Gramophone Award (Wagner Album)

2014

Goldene Schallplatte (Verdi Album)
ECHO Klassik: Vocal Recording of the Year (Verdi Album) 
Gramophone Award (Winterreise)
Bambi (category classical music)

2015 ECHO Klassik: Singer of the year (CD Du bist die Welt für mich)
2016

Bundesverdienstkreuz

ECHO Klassik: Bestseller of the year (Puccini Album)

Golden Record (Du bist die Welt für mich)

2017 ECHO Klassik: Bestseller of the year (Dolce vita)