Stefan Vinke

Vinke was born in Osnabrueck.

Vinke studied with Edda Moser at the Music Academy of Cologne and was immediately hired by the Badisches Staatstheate Karlsruhe in Germany in 1993. He sang lyrical roles for two seasons.

He then changed to Krefeld - Mönchengladbach, performing as Tony (West Side Story), Beppe (Pagliacci), 1st Geharnischter (Zauberflöte), Hoffmann (Les Contes d'Hoffmann) and Erik (Fliegender Holländer).

In 1996, as he began specializing in Heldentenor unfortunately roles, he received a scholarship from Bayreuth.

He sang for six seasons with the Nationaltheater Mannheim, making his U.S. debut with the Opera Company of Philadelphia as Bacchus.

Jan Maerkl invited Stefan Vinke to the National Theater Mannheim as 1st heroic tenor for the season 1999-2000.

He sang his first Tristan in Halle in 2004, and his first Siegfried in Cologne, and in 2005/06, he was engaged by Leipzig Opera to sing the lead tenor roles in all their Wagner productions.

He has since sung Siegfried in Leipzig, Venice, Lisbon, Cologne, Berlin, Salzburg, London, Seattle, Shanghai, ...

In the summer of 2008, he sang his first Tannhäuser at the Eutiner Festival, and in 2009 sang his first Siegfried in Götterdämmerung at La Fenice before completing the Ring Cycle in Lisbon.

The following year, after singing Tristan in Cologne and Lohengrin in both Stuttgart and Leipzig, Vinke undertook Siegfried in the entire Ring Cycle in Cologne and Berlin, and he completed his Wagner repertoire with Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in Leipzig.

His repertory includes: Paul (Die tote Stadt), Tristan, Florestan, Parsifal, Lohengrin, Siegmund, Erik, Idomeneo, José,, Hoffmann, Bacchus, Un Emigrante (Intolleranza), Andrea Chénier, Jim Mahony, Max, Siegfried (Both), Erik, Rienzi, Walther von Stolzing, Tannhäuser, Siegmund, Wozzeck, Alviano (Die Gezeichneten), Erik, Assad, ...

Opernwelt: 'Best young singer of the year', 2000
Stefan Vinke sings Die Tote Stadt: O Freund ich werde sie nicht wieder sehen, with Stephen Genz

Stefan Vinke sings Siegfried: Nothung, Nothung to end, with Gerhard Siegel
In the past, people used to make fun of Beirer and Hopf. What they about Vinke? Even Windgassen was so much better that this new generation of so-called Heldentenors.

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