Günther Groissböck


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"Superlative voice, brilliant technique and an excellent programme. This Wigmore Hall recital had it all. (…) As was demonstrated time and again across the evening, he has a beautifully rich and powerful bass, capable of bringing immense sensitivity to lines that are still asserted strongly, and is quite simply outstanding."

Sam Smith, music OHM, 02.02.2022
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Günther Groissböck enchants on the opera and concert stages around the world - with the unique noble sound of his voice and virtually breathtaking verve of performance, he awakens his characters, and makes each song cycle authentically come alive.
After his studies at the University for Music and the Performing Arts in Vienna with Robert Holl and José van Dam, the Austrian bass was a member of the ensemble at the Vienna State Opera during the 2002/03 season, and at the Zurich Opera from 2003 to 2007. In 2002 he made his debut at the Salzburg Festival, where - in 2014 - he celebrated his much acclaimed role debut as Ochs in "Der Rosenkavalier" directed by Harry Kupfer. In 2011 he debuted at La Scala in Milan, as well as - as Landgraf Hermann (“Tannhäuser”) - at the Bayreuth Festival where he has been a regular guest ever since, singing roles including Gurnemanz (“Parsifal”), Fasolt („Rheingold“) and Pogner in the renowned “Meistersinger” production by Barrie Kosky and Philippe Jordan.
„Günther Groissböck as Baron Ochs is unbeatable: perfect in his Viennese diction, commanding in his taste, a comedian without being cheesy, vocally a man of the world of melodiousness and finest articulation, at the same time elegant in the command of his light-footed bass voice.”Jan Brachmann, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 11.02.2020
As one of the most sought singers of his fach, celebrated by audience and media alike, Günther Groissböck guests at the leading opera houses of the world. He has a particular close connection to the Vienna State Opera, the Bavarian State Opera where he sings parts including Gremin (“Eugen Onegin”), König Heinrich (“Lohengrin”), Vodník (“Rusalka”), and Kecal (“Verkaufte Braut”), as well as the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where – since his debut in 2010 as Colline (“La Bohème”) – he has been heard in roles including Ochs, Landgraf Hermann or Banquo. Guestings bring him to opera houses including the Paris Opera, La Scala in Milan, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, as well as the Deutsche Oper, and the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin, where he recently created a furore as Ochs in "Der Rosenkavalier" in February 2020 in the new production by André Heller and Zubin Mehta.
His particular enthusiasm for art song reveals itself in his programs – created with love for detail and thorough knowledge of repertoire – which he performs in Salzburg, Munich, Vienna and New York. Together with Gerold Huber he recorded the double album “Winterreise”/ ”Schwanengesang” as well as “Herz-Tod” with works by Brahms, Wagner, Wolf and Mahler, released by DECCA Classic, as well as an album with traditional Viennese Songs with the Philharmonia Schrammeln. Günther Groissböck feels at home in the symphonic repertoire as well – from Haydn's “Creation” to Shostakovitch's Symphony No. 13 “Babi Jar” – he invariably impresses through musical expression, stylistic command, and a particularly clear articulation. Concerts bring him to halls including the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, to the philharmonic halls in Munich and Berlin, the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, to Carnegie Hall as well as Boston Symphony Hall. A close collaboration connects him with conductors like Daniel Barenboim, John Eliot Gardiner, Philippe Jordan, James Levine, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Zubin Mehta, Andris Nelsons, Antonio Pappano, Kirill Petrenko, Sir Simon Rattle and Christian Thielemann.
„Superlative voice, brilliant technique and an excellent programme. This Wigmore Hall recital had it all. (…) As was demonstrated time and again across the evening, he has a beautifully rich and powerful bass, capable of bringing immense sensitivity to lines that are still asserted strongly, and is quite simply outstanding.”Sam Smith, music OHM, 02.02.2022
Among his recent DVD releases are "Der Rosenkavalier" (Salzburg, 2015; The Metropolitan Opera, 2017, Staatsoper Unter den Linden, 2021) as well as Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with Philippe Jordan and the Orchestra of the Paris Opera, further recordings include "Das Rheingold", "Lohengrin" and “Fidelio” with Marek Janowski, Mahler's Symphony No. 8 and Anton Bruckner's Mass No. 3.
With his debut as a stage director in 2021 at the Theater an der Wien with “Tristan Experiment”, Günther Groissböck took on a new exciting challenge; further plans include his song recital debut at London’s Wigmore Hall, his role debut as Philipp II. („Don Carlo“) at the Metropolitan Opera, Ochs ("Rosenkavalier") at the Vienna State Opera, König Heinrich („Lohengrin“) at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow as well as Commendatore („Don Giovanni“) at La Scala in Milan.

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Song recitals | Programmes
Schumann - Rott - Bruckner - Mussorgski - Mahler

Blondels Lied, op. 53/1
Die feindlichen Brüder, op. 49/2
Belsazar, op. 57
Die beiden Grenadiere, op. 49/1

Der Sänger (1880)
Geistesgruß (ca 1876-77)
Wandrers Nachtlied (1876)

Im April WAB 75
Herbstkummer WAB 72
Mein Herz und deine Stimme WAB 79

Drei Gedichte von Michelangelo (1897)
“Wohl denk’ ich oft”
“Alles endet, was entstehet”
“Fühlt meine Seele”
Lieder und Tänze des Todes

aus: Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Der Schildwache Nachtlied
Zu Straßburg auf der Schanz
Der Tamboursg’sell

Freedom! Freedom?

Prometheus D674 (J. W. v. Goethe)
Grenzen der Menschheit D716 (J. W. v. Goethe)
Ganymed D544 (J. W. v. Goethe)

Memnon D541 (J. Mayrhofer)
Am Strome D539 (J. Mayrhofer)
Auf der Donau D553 (J. Mayrhofer)
Der Sieg D805 (J. Mayrhofer)
Der Schiffer D536 (J. Mayrhofer)

Die Uhr (J.G.Seidl)
Der heilige Franziskus (I.v.Wesenberg)
Odins Meeresritt (A. Schreiber)


Der entsühnte Orest D699 (J. Mayrhofer)
Fahrt zum Hades D526 (J. Mayrhofer)
Lied eines Schiffers an die Dioskuren D360 (J. Mayrhofer)
Nachtstück D672 (J. Mayrhofer)
Gondelfahrer D808 (J. Mayrhofer)

aus: Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Nr. 12 Der Tambourg’sell
Nr. 2   Urlicht

Brahms - Schumann - Tschaikowski - Rachmaninoff
Brahms: Vier ernste Gesänge, op. 121
Schumann: Liederkreis, op. 39
Tschaikowski: Romanzen
op. 6, Nr. 6, op.25, Nr. 1, op. 6, Nr. 4,
op. 38, Nr. 3, op. 38, Nr. 1
Rachmaninoff: Romanzen
op. 4, Nr. 3, op. 4, Nr. 4, op. 26, Nr. 2, op. 8
op. 4, Nr. 1, op. 21, Nr. 6
"Geht's und verkauft's mei G'wand!"
Viennese Songs from Raimund to Heller


C. Lorens: Wiener Spezialitäten. Marsch

„Geht‘s und verkauft‘s mei G‘wand!
(T: E. Marischka / M: J. Strauss Sohn)

(T: F. Raimund / M: C. Kreutzer)

„Annageln kannst es net, die Zeit“
(T: A. Heller / M: T.Stricker)

J.Strauss Sohn: Wiener Blut. Walzer

„Wenn der Hergott net will“
(T: E. Arnold und A. Kaps / M: E. Arnold)

“Mei Muatterl war a Weanerin“
(T/M:: L. Gruber)

(T/M: G. Pick)

R. Wagner: Ring-Quadrille
nach G. Fauré/A. Messager: Souvenirs de Bayreuth (1880)
Anonym: Glasscherb’n-Tanz

„Unser Vater is’ a Hausherr“ (Duett)
(T: W. Wiesberg / J. Sioly)

„Was Österreich is‘“ (Duett)
(T: W. Wiesberg / M: J. Schrammel)
J. Mikulas: Beim G‘rebelten. Tanz
J. Kaulich: Bei Sang und Klang. Polka schnell

„Herr Doktor, erinnern Sie sich noch…“
(T: H. Haller / M: H.-G. Huebsch)

„In einem kleinen Café in Hernals“
(T: P. Herz / M. H. Leopoldi)

„I hab die schönen Maderln net erfunden“
(T: T. Prosel / M: L. Schmidseder)

J. Schrammel: Dichterworte. Walzer
C. W. Drescher: Kellner zahl‘n! op. 184. Scherzpolka

„Hergott aus Sta’“
(T/M: K. Hodina)

„Ein kleiner Lausbub (A klaner Lausbua)“
(T: K. Schneider / M: O. Schima)

„Der narrische Kastanienbaum“
(T: H. Pflanzer / M: P. Wakovsky)

Song recitals | Programmes - without intermission


17:00 Uhr
DE / Elmau/Klais - Schloss Elmau
Günther Groissböck, Julius Drake
19:30 Uhr
GB / London - Wigmore Hall
Günther Groissböck, Julius Drake


Johannes Brahms
Vier ernste Gesänge, Op. 121

Richard Wagner

Hugo Wolf

Gustav Mahler

Gerold Huber - Piano

Franz Schubert
Winterreise, D. 911

Gerold Huber - Piano

(Double album with Schwanengesang)

Franz Schubert
Schwanengesang, D. 957

Gerold Huber - Piano

(Double album with Winterreise)

Gemischter Satz

Viennese Songs

Karl-Michael Ebner
Christoph Wagner-Trenkwitz
Philharmonia Schrammeln


LA Wiener Staatsoper / Juni 2020
"Ella giammai m'amò" / DON CARLO
Mahler: "Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen"
CD Herz-Tod - Trailer
Schubert: "Die Taubenpost"
CD Gemischter Satz / Fiakerlied


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