Lars Woldt

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Lars Woldt (born December 15, 1972 in Herford ) is a German opera singer (bass) and vocal teacher.


Woldt studied composition with Giselher Klebe and singing with Martin Christian Vogel and Thomas Quasthoff at the Detmold University of Music . Further studies led him to Kammersänger Walter Berry , Franz Crass and Edith Lienbacher .

After a first engagement at the Landestheater Detmold , director Brigitte Fassbaender engaged him in 2000 at the Tiroler Landestheater , of which he was a member until 2003. Since the 2004/2005 season he has been a member of the ensemble at the Vienna Volksoper . With his interpretation of Kaspar im Freischütz there , he impressed audiences and critics alike. Guest performances led him a. a. to the Hamburg State Opera , the opera houses of Copenhagen , Graz and Gothenburg , the State Theater Braunschweig and the Linz State Theater .

His repertoire includes bass parts such as Figaro, Baron Ochs, van Bett, Kezal, Falstaff, Plumkett, Don Magnifico and Zsupán - but also serious bass parts by Mozart , Beethoven and Richard Wagner , Tchaikovsky and Puccini (such as Sarastro, Rocco, Fasolt, König Marke, Gremin, Timur) and also the role of Salieri in Rimski-Korsakow's Mozart and Salieri .

One focus of his work is the music of the 20th century with roles such as Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream ( Benjamin Britten ), Director Hummel in Die Gespenstersonate ( Aribert Reimann ) or Ratefreund in Die Vögel ( Walter Braunfels ). Several composers dedicated works to him; so u. a. also Giselher Klebe, whose Michelangelo-Gesänge Woldt premiered in 2001.

In the concert area, his repertoire includes Claudio Monteverdi's Vespers of Mary , JS Bach's St. Matthew Passion and the St. John Passion , the Christmas Oratorio and the B minor Mass , Handel's Messiah , Joseph Haydn's The Creation and The Seasons , Mozart's Requiem , Beethoven's 9th Symphony and his Missa solemnis , Mendelssohn's Paulus and Elias , Verdi's Requiem , Brahms A German Requiem , Dvořák's Stabat Mater , Puccini's Messa di gloria and Shostakovich's Michelangelo Suite .

Obligations led him here a. a. the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra , the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Hannover , the Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart , the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra , the Stuttgart Philharmonic , the Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra , the Munich Radio Orchestra , the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie , the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival , the Berlin Philharmonic , the Cologne Philharmonic , the Wiener Musikverein , the Wiener Konzerthaus , the Leipzig Gewandhaus and the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid.

Lars Woldt has participated in several radio and CD recordings, including: a. on the recording of Richard Strauss ' Elektra under the direction of Semjon Bytschkow and Mendelssohn's The First Walpurgis Night under Helmuth Rilling .

In November 2007 he made his debut as a sacristan in Tosca at the Vienna State Opera . Since the 2010/2011 season he has been a member of the ensemble of the State Opera, where he a. a. as Baron Ochs in Der Rosenkavalier , Waldner in Arabella , Rocco in Fidelio and Biterolf in Tannhäuser .

In 2014 he sang Baron Ochs in Rosenkavalier at the Glyndebourne Festival, which was highly acclaimed . In 2014 and 2015 he worked at the Opera de Paris, the Vienna State Opera, the Zurich Opera House, the Musikverein Graz, the Düsseldorf Opera and the Theater an der Wien / Vienna.

Since October 2011 Lars Woldt has been professor of singing at the Detmold University of Music , and since the winter semester 2016/17 he has been teaching at the Munich University of Music and Theater .

Lars Woldt is married and has a daughter.


In 1997 he received a scholarship from the Richard Wagner Association , and in 2004 he was awarded the Eberhard Waechter Medal as an advancement award from the Vienna State Opera . He received the Austrian Music Theater Prize 2014 for the best male leading role in Der Wildschütz at the Vienna Volksoper as Baculus .

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Individual evidence

  1. The 2014 winners on the website of the Austrian Music Theater Prize, accessed on December 2, 2014.