Wolfgang Koch (Bass-Baritone)
Born: 1966, Burghausen, Bavaria, West Germany
German bass-baritone Wolfgang Koch was born in Burghausen in 1966 and studied at the Musikhochschule Munich before beginning his career in Bern and Stuttgart. He is particular in demand for Wagner roles including Amfortas, Hans Sachs, Friedrich von Telramund and Wotan (which he sang in the premiere of Frank Castorf’s controversial Ring Cycle at Bayreuth in 2014), though his repertoire also includes Italian roles such as Scarpia in Tosca andMichèle in Il tabarro.
Koch’s discography includes Jokanaan on Andres Orozco-Estrada’s Gramophone Award-nominated recording of Strauss’s Salome for Pentatone (‘[his] ample handsome tone preserves a biblical dignity and (importantly) youthfulness throughout in a reading that is also impressively articulate’ – Opera Magazine), Simone in Zemlinsky’s Eine Florentinische Tragödie under Bertrand de Billy on Capriccio (‘a committed and well-rounded portrayal’ – Gramophone), Barak in Die Frau ohne Schatten under Christian Thielemann (available on DVD and Blu-ray from Opus Arte), and Telramund in Lohengrin from the Bavarian State Opera, opposite Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros.