Wolfgang Rauch Bio (en)
The baritone Wolfgang Rauch was born in Cologne, Germany. After he successfully completed studies in economics and political science, he decided to study singing at the Musikhochschule of Cologne, Germany, and also in Italy and France.
Due to his talent as a singer and performer he quickly became, whilst being a singing student, a permanent member of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf. And later he joined the Bavarian State Opera in Munich under the conduct of Prof. Wolfgang Sawallisch, who entrusted him with all the essential vocal parts in the art of lyric and cavalier baritone. During this period, Placido Domingo became aware of Wolfgang Rauch and engaged him for his gala concert on the occasion of the reopening of the Prinzregenten Theater in Munich.
Meanwhile, the increasing demands from his home country Germany and from abroad led Wolfgang Rauch to begin an internationally oriented career. He paid particular attention to the linguistic aspects of his art, since in addition to his native German language, he is fluent in French, Italian, English and Spanish.
Living in his adopted home in France, Wolfgang Rauch has been made many guest appearances at many of the leading opera houses of the world:
the Vienna State Opera, La Scala di Milano, Royal Opera House London, Bavarian State Opera Muich, Hamburg State Opera, German Opera Berlin, Semper Oper Dresden, Gran Theatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Opéra de Nice, Opéra de Monte Carlo, Opéra de Marseille, Théatre du Capitole Toulouse, Cologne Opera, Opera Neederlandse Amsterdam, Vlaamse Opera Antwerp, Festival Manuel de Falla in Granada, wich guest performances in Santiago de Chile and Japan, including concerts at the Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome.
According to his age and vocal maturity, he presents himself today in the repertoire of the dramatic high-pitched baritone, with roles such as Sharpless, Marcello, Posa, Amfortas, Falke, Donner (Rheingold), to cite a few of them.