The New York Times
“Over the past few years, this 48-year-old Austrian singer has emerged as one of the world’s leading heldentenors, singing the most challenging Wagner roles to acclaim across Europe. In endurance-test parts like Siegfried, Tannhäuser, Parsifal and Tristan, his full, ringing voice seems indefatigable. He can channel a character’s wild desperation, ardor or impetuousness with steely yet easygoing assurance.”
“Andreas Schager made his Met debut in a way only few can dream of. From his very first “Mehr gabst du, Wunderfrau,” his voice beamed into the Met with tremendous potency and brightness. Over the course of the five-hour night, his singing lost none of that warmth or vibrancy. If anything, he got better and better, putting what was undeniably a heroic shift.”
Following his studies at the University for Music in Vienna, Andreas Schager started his career singing operetta and lyrical roles in the operas by Mozart before switching to the Helden roles in the works by Wagner and Strauss.
In summer 2009, he made his highly regarded debut at the Tiroler Festspiele Erl as David in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, followed by engagements as Florestan/Fidelio, Max/Der Freischütz, Rienzi, Tristan, and Siegfried in both Götterdämmerung and Siegfried at small and middle-sized houses. His appearances as Siegfried/Götterdämmerung at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, at the BBC Proms 2013 in London and the Teatro alla Scala, each under the baton of Daniel Barenboim resulted in his international breakthrough.
Nowadays, Andreas Schager has established himself as the leading Heldentenor performing at the most renowned houses and festivals worldwide including the Metropolitan Opera New York, Opéra de Bastille Paris, Vienna State Opera, Bavarian State Opera Munich, Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, Deutsche Oper Berlin, State Opera Hamburg, Teatro alla Scala, Teatro Real Madrid, opera houses in Frankfurt, Leipzig, and Wiesbaden, as well as the Bayreuth Festival, where he has worked with conductors, such as, Philippe Jordan, Daniel Barenboim, Christian Thielemann, Valery Gergiev, Simone Young, Daniele Gatti, Franz Welser-Möst, and Riccardo Chailly.
Past highlights include Fidelio, Tristan und Isolde, Parsifal, Siegfried, and Götterdämmerung at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, each under the baton of Daniel Barenboim, Götterdämmerung at the Dresden Semperoper with Christian Thielemann at the conductor’s stand, Tannhäuser at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Apollo/Daphne and Lohengrin under Simone Young, and Max/Der Freischütz under Tomáš Netopil at the Vienna State Opera, Parsifal and Tristan at the Opéra Bastille, Siegfried in the Ring cycle at the State Opera Hamburg under Kent Nagano, and on the occasion of his debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York under Philippe Jordan, as well as Parsifal at the Bayreuth Festival.
In addition to his outstanding operatic success, Andreas Schager is also active as a concert singer. Highlights of the past years include performances with the Cleveland Orchestra under Franz Welser-Möst in Cleveland and at the Carnegie Hall, the New Year’s concert at the Dresden Semperoper, Gurrelieder at the Philharmonie de Paris and Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 at Vienna’s Concert House with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, both under Philippe Jordan, Das Lied von der Erde under Valery Gergiev at the Philharmonie am Gasteig and the Elbphilharmonie, Mahler’s Symphony No 8 with Riccardo Chailly in Lucerne, as well as Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 with the Rundfunksinfonieorchester Berlin led by Marek Janowski at Berlin’s Konzerthaus.
Highlights of the past seasons include Bacchus/Ariadne auf Naxos, Parsifal and Siegfried at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Kaiser/ Die Frau ohne Schatten, Siegmund/ Die Walküre*, Florestan/ Fidelio* as well as Max/ Der Freischütz*, Tamino/ Die Zauberflöte, Siegmund and the title role of Tristan and Isolde at the Vienna State Opera. Furthermore he sang at the Tokyo Spring Festival and the Bayreuth Festival in 2020* and 2023.
23/24 includes his return to Berlin and Vienna State Opera before heading to the US for a series of „Tannhäuser“ at the Metropolitan Opera New York. He´ll also give his debut as Otello at Staatstheater Wiesbaden before repeating at the Vienna State Opera. His season ends at the Bayreuth Festival 2024 in the title role of a new production of „Tristan and Isolde“.
*canceled due to Covid 19 pandemic