RECENT AND UPCOMING ENGAGEMENTS
- Siegfried in Wagner's Götterdämmerung, at the Wiener Staatsoper;
- The title role in Zemlinsky's Der Zwerg, at the Oper Köln;
- Tristan in Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, at the Saarländisches Staatstheater;
- Hoffegut in Braunfels' Die Vögel and Paul in Korngold's Die Tote Stadt, at the Oper Köln;
- Leontes in Goldmark's Ein Wintermärchen, at the Wexford Opera Festival.
Born in Hamburg, Burkhard Fritz is not only one of the internationally most sought-after young Heldentenören but has also been able to establish himself with great success in the Italian and French repertoire.
Parallel to his singing training at the Johannes Brahms Conservatory in Hamburg with Ute Buge, he studied medicine at the University of Hamburg. The singer received vocal support from Alfredo Kraus, Arturo Sergi, Carlo Bergonzi and Irmgard Hartmann-Dressler, among others. He has been working with Kirsten Schötteldreier since 2014.
After starting out at the theaters in Bremerhaven and Gelsenkirchen, Burkhard Fritz was a member of the ensemble at the Berlin Staatsoper Unter den Linden from 2004 to 2010. He has been working internationally as a freelance opera singer since 2010.
Fritz is regularly invited to important theatres and festivals, such as Bayerische Staatsoper, Bayreuth and Salzburg Festivals, Teatro Real de Madrid, Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie, Oper Frankfurt and Hamburgisches Staatsoper. He sang the title role in the premiere of Parsifal in China; made guest appearances as Florestan and Parsifal in Japan; in the scenic performance of Schönberg's Gurre-Lieder at the Dutch National Opera; took on the role of Kaiser in Strauss’ Die Frau ohne Schatten in Leipzig, Frankfurt and Berlin; sang Florestan in Beethoven’s Fidelio, conducted by Zubin Mehta, at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Tel Aviv Opera; performed the title role in Wagner’s Lohengrin and Bacchus at the Bayerische Staatsoper; and incarned the title role in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Paul in Die Tote Stadt at the Semperoper Dresden. At the re-opening of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Burkhard Fritz was heard in Beethoven's 9th Symphony, under the baton of Daniel Barenboim, in an open-air concert.
During the 2018-19 season, Burkhard Fritz made his debut at the Lyric Opera Chicago, singing the title role in Wagner’s. He has impressed as Parsifal in Melbourne and at the Bayerische Staatsoper, followed by Stolzing at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden and sang Siegfried in Götterdämmerung at the Edinburgh Festival 2019.
In the 2019-20 season, he can be seen as Florestan and in the title role in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, at the Semperoper Dresden, and as Siegfried in Siegfried and Götterdämmerung, again in Chicago.
In the 2021-22 season, Fritz came back to the Oper Köln, performing the title role in Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg, Paul in Korngold’s Die Tote Stadt and Hoffegut in Braunfels’ Die Vögel. In this same season, Fritz has appeared as Tristan in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, at the Saarländisches Staatstheater.
In the opera and concert field, the tenor has worked with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Kirill Petrenko, Gustavo Dudamel, Valery Gergiev, Mariss Jansons, Paavo Järvi, Philippe Jordan, Kent Nagano, Andriss Nelsons, Sebastian Weigle, Simone Young and others.