Superb voice. Moving. Handsome. Charismatic. Everything you want in an opera singer. The great operatic Bass of our time. My time.
There’s even more to love. Pape sings on horseback! You know how I love horses. Pape has a darn good seat. How deluxe.
I only hear Pape when he performs Verdi and Mozart. How fun to come across this excerpt.
Horses are no strangers to Opera. They appear in quite a few. When I say appear, I mean live on stage.
My first time seeing horses on the operatic stage was at the Met in Aida and later on the outdoor stage at Verona in Carmen.
I doubt I’ll ever see Mr Pape live which makes me feel very, very sad. I wasn’t aware of him when I lived in New York. That was a very long time ago now. Perhaps he hadn’t even made it there yet. Sigh. Recordings will have to do.
Okay. That’s my August blogging done. Smile!
Thank you for stopping by. Cheers. Vivian.
About René Pape
German bass René Pape made his Royal Opera debut in February 1997, singing Pope Pius IV (Palestrina) and Heinrich I (Lohengrin) in parallel runs. He has since sung Count Massimiliano (I masnadieri), Méphistophélès (Faust) and Gurnemanz (Parsifal) for The Royal Opera.
Pape was born in Dresden in 1964 and sang with the Kreuzchor from 1974 to 1981. He went on to train at the Dresden Conservatory and in 1988 made his professional debut at the Berlin State Opera Unter den Linden while still a student. He continues to sing regularly with the Berlin State Opera, and with the Metropolitan Opera, New York, where he has sung in more than 190 performances since his debut in 1995. His repertory includes all the major Wagner bass-baritone roles, Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte), Philip II (Don Carlo) and Boris Godunov.
Source: Royal Opera House Biography