© Musikfest Bremen
© Musikfest Bremen


GEORG NIGL comes back to the Vienna Statesopera as Orfeo

After a song recital at the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele and a performance at the memorial site of the Neuengamme Concentration Camp, where he sang Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Ekklesiastische Aktion under Thomas Hengelbrock, among other works, Georg Nigl sang the role of Jakob Lenz in the eponymous opera by Wolfgang Rihm in a concert performance at the Salzburg Festival. Compellingly acting the part, Georg Nigl portrayed Rihm’s Jakob Lenz as a vivid and deeply moving stage figure. The international reviewers (including the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and New York Times) rightfully celebrated this concert as one of the outstanding events of this year’s Festival.

On September 13, Nigl made a guest appearance at the Musikfest in Berlin, singing Iannis Xenakis’ Aïs for baritone, percussion and large orchestra with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin under Vladimir Jurowski. Aïs by Iannis Xenakis takes the listener into the realm of the dead of ancient Greek mythology. Georg Nigl, acclaimed for his gripping interpretations especially of new music, took daring artistic risks performing with the percussionist Dirk Rothbrust, earning accolades from audience and critics alike.

In October, Georg Nigl returns to the stage of the Vienna State Opera, playing Orfeo in Monteverdi’s eponymous opera, a role he also embodies at the Teatro Real in November with Sasha Waltz & Guests and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra.

Together with Olga Pashchenko at the piano, Georg Nigl demonstrated how fascinating and moving song recitals can be, giving a celebrated performance of their programme Vanitas at the Musikfest Bremen. The programme, consisting of the expressive and dramatic song cycle Vermischter Traum by Wolfgang Rihm, late Schubert songs and the Beethoven cycle An die ferne Geliebte, will be repeated at the end of October 2022 at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg.

Another song recital takes Georg Nigl to the Kammermusiksaal at Berlin’s Philharmonie on November 10, 2022, where he joins Martina Gedeck (recitation) and Elena Bashkirova at the piano, performing songs, texts and revue numbers ranging from Franz Schubert to Hanns Eisler and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe to Bertolt Brecht.

GEORG NIGL | VANITAS // Beethoven, Schubert & Rihm
GEORG NIGL | VANITAS // Beethoven, Schubert & Rihm

14, 16, 20, 22 October 2022
Monteverdi: L' Orfeo
Vienna States Opera

24 October 2022
Recital "Vanitas"

10 November 2022
Recital "Je länger, je lieber"
Berliner Philharmonie

20, 21, 23, 24 November 2022
Monteverdi: L' Orfeo
Teatro Real

22. December 2022
Bach: Weihnachtsoratorium
Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino