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Wolfgang Schöne

Biography

Born: February 9, 1940; Bad Gandersheim  
Wolfgang Schöne, a highly successful concert singer early in his career, seamlessly made the transition to opera, building a reputation as one of the finest German baritones of his day. His choice of repertory in both realms has been broad, from the cantatas of J.S. Bach to Schoenberg's Moses und Aron; and from the operas of Monteverdi and Mozart to those of Pfitzner (Palestrina) and Henze (The English Cat). He has also sung and recorded Read more Mendelssohn's Elijah, Mahler's Symphony No. 8, Schubert songs, Wagner's Parsifal (Amfortas), and countless roles in operas by Verdi, Richard Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Zemlinsky, Penderecki, and others. But Schöne's repertory is not only broad, it is vast: he has performed and recorded more than 80Bach cantatas, 40 operatic roles, and numerous songs and concert works. Schöne's voice is lyrical and warm and he has consistently received high praise for his dramatic skills. He has appeared at many of the major opera houses and concert halls in Europe and the U.S. and has worked with such conductors as Jochum, Karajan, Mehta, Muti, Sinopoli, and Rattle. He has made countless recordings for a spate of labels, including Supraphon, Hänssler Classics, Bayer Records, Naïve, Naxos, and EuroArts.

Schöne was born in Bad Gandersheim, Germany, on February 9, 1940. His vocal studies were at the music conservatories in Hanover and Hamburg. After establishing himself as a concert singer, he launched his career in opera in 1970. From about that time and into the 1980s Schöne was busy recording many of the Bach cantatas, under conductor Helmuth Rilling, for the Hänssler Classics label

In 1973 Schöne became a member of the Stuttgart Opera, and, from 1974, began appearing at the major opera houses in Europe. Though Schöne sang many standards, he was unafraid of tackling the contemporary: in 1983 he sang Tom in the premiere of Henze's The English Cat.

Schöne continued to take on new operatic roles -- the Count from Richard Strauss' Capriccio at the 1985 Salzburg Festival, Dr. Schön in Berg's Lulu at the Théâtre du Châtelet in 1991, and many others. Schöne has remained busy in the new century in both the recording studio and on the operatic stage. Indeed, but what is perhaps most remarkable about him is his longevity: he has remained active well into his sixties, singing challenging roles like Lodovico Nardi in Schreker's Die Gezeichneten to acclaim at the 2005 Salzburg Festival. Read less
Schoenberg: Moses Und Aron / Kluttig, Schöne, Merritt, Et Al
Release Date: 08/29/2006   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8660158-59   Number of Discs: 2
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    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002050402 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leos Janácek,  Zoltán Kodály
    Performer:  Wolfgang Schöne,  John Birch,  Teresa Kubiak,  Robert Tear  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe,  Laszlo Heltay
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    Strauss: The Great Operas
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 3179923 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 22
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Gerd Nienstedt,  José Van Dam,  Agnes Baltsa,  Horst Nitsche  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Rudolf Kempe,  Marek Janowski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus  ... 
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    Debussy: Pelleas Et Melisande / Soltesz, Imbrailo, Selinger, Le Texier, Soffel [blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 108086 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Mateusz Kabala,  Vincent Le Texier,  Jacques Imbrailo,  Michaela Selinger  ... 
    Conductor:  Stefan Soltesz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Essen Philharmonic Orchestra,  Aalto Theatre Opera Chorus
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    Schreker: Die Gezeichneten / Conlon, Kampe, Brubaker, Gantner
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9400 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schreker
    Performer:  Robert Brubaker,  Anja Kampe,  Martin Gantner,  James Johnson  ... 
    Conductor:  James Conlon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Opera Chorus,  Los Angeles Opera Orchestra
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    Debussy: Pelleas Et Melisande / Soltesz, Imbrailo, Selinger, Le Texier, Soffel, Eberle
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101686 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Dominik Eberle,  Wolfgang Schöne,  Doris Soffel,  Michaela Selinger  ... 
    Conductor:  Stefan Soltesz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aalto Theatre Opera Chorus,  Essen Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Mendelssohn: Elias / Rilling, Gachinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Bach Collegium Stuttgart
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98017 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Cornelia Kallisch,  Michael Schade,  Christine Schäfer,  Wolfgang Schöne
    Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Bach Collegium,  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart
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    Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen / Haenchen, Nederlandse Opera
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1994 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Henk Smit,  John Bröcheler,  Graham Clark,  Reinhild Runkel  ... 
    Conductor:  Hartmut Haenchen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra,  Hague Residentie Orchestra,  Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Magnificat - 500 Years Of Choral Masterworks [50-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001664502 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Gregorio Allegri,  Antonio Lotti,  Orlando de Lassus,  Josquin Des Préz  ... 
    Performer:  Patrick Russill,  Marinella Pennicchi,  Michael Chance,  Mark Tucker  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers,  Paul McCreesh,  Stephen Cleobury,  Edward Wickham  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen,  Gabrieli Consort,  Gabrieli Players  ... 
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    Label: Bayer Records   Catalog: 10023839 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf
    Performer:  Harald Stamm,  Frieder Lang,  Thomas Pfeiffer,  Hildegard Uhrmacher  ... 
    Conductor:  James Lockhart
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    Bach: Complete Cantatas / Rilling, Stuttgart Bach Collegium
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98630 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 71
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Walter Heldwein,  Philippe Huttenlocher,  Aldo Baldin,  Arleen Augér  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Bach Collegium,  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart,  Frankfurt Kantorei  ... 
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    Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen / Zagrosek, Staatsorchester Stuttgart
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2057368 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Wolfgang Probst,  Esa Ruuttunen,  Roland Bracht,  Phillip Ens  ... 
    Conductor:  Lothar Zagrosek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart State Opera Chorus,  Stuttgart State Opera Orchestra
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  • 12.
    Edition Bachakademie Vol 11 - Cantatas Bwv 32-34 / Rilling
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: CD92011 Release Date: 10/19/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Walter Heldwein,  Arleen Augér,  Frieder Lang,  Philippe Huttenlocher  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Bach Collegium
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    Edition Bachakademie Vol 15 - Cantatas Bwv 43-45 / Rilling
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: CD92015 Release Date: 10/19/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Philippe Huttenlocher,  Arleen Augér,  Lutz-Michael Harder,  Aldo Baldin  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Bach Collegium
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    Edition Bachakademie Vol 20 - Cantatas Bwv 62-64 / Rilling
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: CD92020 Release Date: 10/19/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Inga Nielsen,  Philippe Huttenlocher,  Aldo Baldin,  Wolfgang Schöne  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Bach Collegium
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    Edition Bachakademie Vol 33 - Cantatas Bwv 103-105 / Rilling
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: CD92033 Release Date: 10/19/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Walter Heldwein,  Peter Schreier,  Adalbert Kraus,  Wolfgang Schöne  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Bach Collegium
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    Edition Bachakademie Vol 44 - Cantatas Bwv 140, 143-145
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: CD92044 Release Date: 10/19/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Philippe Huttenlocher,  Aldo Baldin,  Arleen Augér,  Eva Csapó  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Bach Collegium
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    Poulenc: Dialogues Des Carmelites / Schone, Voulgaridou [Blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101494 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Jana Büchner,  Nikolai Schukoff,  Alexia Voulgaridou,  Kathryn Harries  ... 
    Conductor:  Simone Young
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburg State Opera Chorus,  Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmelites / Schone, Voulgaridou [DVD]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101493 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Alexia Voulgaridou,  Wolfgang Schöne,  Nikolai Schukoff,  Kathryn Harries  ... 
    Conductor:  Simone Young
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra,  Hamburg State Opera Chorus
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    Wagner: Parsifal / Jordan, Goldberg, Minton, Schone, Lloyd,  Monte Carlo Philharmonic
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 4687525 Release Date: 10/12/2009   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Reiner Goldberg,  Yvonne Minton,  Robert Lloyd,  Wolfgang Schöne
    Conductor:  Armin Jordan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra,  Prague Philharmonic Chorus
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    Rossini: La Cenerentola / Murray, Araiza, Chailly
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 100215 Release Date: 06/30/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Gino Quilico,  Daphne Evangelatos,  Walter Berry,  Angela Denning  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen / De Nederlandse Opera
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 702 Release Date: 08/26/2008   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Jeanine Altmeyer,  Heinz Kruse,  Graham Clark,  John Bröcheler  ... 
    Conductor:  Hartmut Haenchen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra,  Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra,  Hague Residentie Orchestra
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    Wagner: Götterdämmerung / De Nederlandse Opera
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 949 Release Date: 08/26/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Wolfgang Schöne,  Jeanine Altmeyer,  Henk Smit,  Heinz Kruse  ... 
    Conductor:  Hartmut Haenchen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Bach - Bass Arias / Rilling, Fischer-dieskau, Huttenlocher, Heldwein, Schone, Et Al
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98244 Release Date: 06/10/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Philippe Huttenlocher,  Wolfgang Schöne,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Walter Heldwein  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Bach Collegium,  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn,  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart
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    Wagner: Siegfried / Zagrosek, West, Gasteen, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8660175 Release Date: 01/30/2007   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Heinz Göhrig,  Helene Ranada,  Wolfgang Schöne,  Lisa Gasteen  ... 
    Conductor:  Lothar Zagrosek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart State Opera Chorus,  Stuttgart State Orchestra
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    Wagner: Parsifal / Decker, Hölle, Schöne, Soffel
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 33497 Release Date: 11/28/2006   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Ulrich Dünnebach,  Mikolaj Zalasinski,  Matthias Hölle,  Doris Soffel  ... 
    Conductor:  Gabor Otvos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Teatro la Fenice Orchestra,  Venice Teatro la Fenice Chorus
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