Günther Groissböck

Bass

"So far theater still exists, opera, the classical concert, and with it the demand for real, physical human beings to perform true, direct art. I believe that the longing for the genuine, the fundamentally human emotion will increase just the same as the frantically progressing technologization and digitalization - as a kind of renaissance for heart and soul so to speak."
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Biography

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. In 2022 he will be Wotan and Wanderer in the new Bayreuth "Ring", originally planned for 2020.
„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 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 Vienna State Opera, the Paris Opera, La Scala in Milan, 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. 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.
„The 41 year old bass sang the songs with a sonorous, masculine voice, and with a vigor which opposed the texts with vital resistance. Completely different the Russian romances. Noticeably and visibly moved, Groissböck wholeheartedly surrendered to the pain, at times almost screaming it out, and hereby achieved something like catharsis for a wounded soul. ”Klaus Kalchschmid, Süddeutsche Zeitung, 15.07.2018
Among his recent DVD releases are "Der Rosenkavalier" (Salzburg, 2015 and The Metropolitan Opera, 2017) as well as Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with Philippe Jordan and the Orchestra of the Paris Opera, further recordings include "Das Rheingold" and "Lohengrin" 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 takes on a new exciting challenge; further plans include his role debut as Philipp II. („Don Carlo“) at the Metropolitan Opera, Fiesco ("Simone Boccanegra"), Ochs ("Rosenkavalier") as wel as his role debut as Wotan ("Walküre") at the Vienna State Opera, La Roche (“Capriccio") at the Paris Opera, Ochs ("Rosenkavalier") at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, as well as Landgraf Hermann („Tannhäuser“), Vodník („Rusalka“), and Gurnemanz („Parsifal“) at the Bavarian State Opera.

2020/21
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Song recitals | Programmes
"Mein Geist dürstet nach Taten, mein Atem nach Freiheit."

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

Schubert:
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)

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

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Schubert:
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)

Mahler:
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
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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
Schumann - Mussorgski - Tosti
Schumann: 
Lieder und Balladen 
Dichterliebe, op. 48
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Mussorgski: Lieder und Tänze des Todes 
Tosti: Lieder 
Viennese Songs from Raimund to Heller

Herr Doktor, erinnern Sie sich noch…
(T: Hans Haller / M: Hans-Georg Hübsch)

Annageln kannst es net, die Zeit
(T: André Heller / M: Toni Stricker)
In einem kleinen Café in Hernals
(T: Peter Herz / M: Hermann Leopoldi)
Wean, du bist a Taschenfeitl
(T: André Heller / M: Toni Stricker)
Hobellied
(T: Ferdinand Raimund / M: Conradin Kreutzer)
Es ist alles unheimlich leicht
(T: André Heller / M: trad., Toni Stricker)
Pfüat di Gott, du alte Zeit
(T / M: Carl Lorens, Günther Groissböck)
I hab die schönen Maderln net erfunden
(T: Theo Probel / M: Ludwig Schmidseder)
Wann I amal stirb’
(M / T: Carl Rieder)
D’ Hausherrnsohnln
(T: Wilhelm Wiesberg /  M: Johann Sioly)
Glasscherben-Tanz
(T: Walter Lechner, André Heller / M: trad., Toni Stricker)
Kumma mit kane Ausreden mehr
(T: André Heller / M: Toni Stricker)
Song recitals | Programmes - without intermission
"Mein Geist dürstet nach Taten, mein Atem nach Freiheit."

Schubert:
Prometheus D674 (J. W. v. Goethe)
Grenzen der Menschheit D716 (J. W. v. Goethe)

Schubert:
Memnon D541 (J. Mayrhofer)
Auf der Donau D553 (J. Mayrhofer)
Der Sieg D805 (J. Mayrhofer)
Der Schiffer D536 (J. Mayrhofer)

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

Schubert:
Lied eines Schiffers an die Dioskuren D360 (J. Mayrhofer)
Nachtstück D672 (J. Mayrhofer)
Gondelfahrer D808 (J. Mayrhofer)

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

Brahms - Wagner - Wolf
Brahms: Vier ernste Gesänge, op. 121
Wagner: Wesendonck-Lieder
Wolf: Michelangelo-Lieder
Brahms - Schumann - Wolf
Brahms: Vier ernste Gesänge, op. 121
Schumann: Liederkreis, op. 39
Wolf: Michelangelo-Lieder
Brahms - Tschaikowski - Rachmaninoff
Brahms: Vier ernste Gesänge/ Schumann: Liederkreis
Tschaikowski: Romanzen
Rachmaninoff: Romanzen

Discography

HERZ-TOD
Johannes Brahms
Vier ernste Gesänge, Op. 121

Richard Wagner
Wesendonck-Lieder

Hugo Wolf
Michelangelo-Lieder

Gustav Mahler
Rückert-Lieder

Gerold Huber - Piano

Winterreise
Franz Schubert
Winterreise, D. 911

Gerold Huber - Piano

(Double album with Schwanengesang)

Schwanengesang
Franz Schubert
Schwanengesang, D. 957

Gerold Huber - Piano

(Double album with Winterreise)

Videos

Mahler: "Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen"
CD Herz-Tod - Trailer
Schubert: "Die Taubenpost"

Contact

Katja Hippler
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