Werner Güra

Biography

Born: 1964; Munich, Germany  
Werner Güra is a tenor whose rise to fame began in the 1990s, singing major roles in Mozart and Rossini operas. He has developed a reputation as one of the finest lieder singers of his time, as well, having given critically acclaimed recitals of lieder by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, and Wolf, both in concert and on recordings. Güra possesses a high tenor voice that can easily adapt, a voice some have compared with that of the iconic Fritz Read more Wunderlich. Güra has also built a reputation for his work in oratorios and other choral compositions, particularly several by Bach and Mendelssohn. He has appeared as a regular member of the Semperoper in Dresden since 1995 and has sung at many of the world's major operatic venues and festivals. Güra has made more than 30 recordings, and while some date to the 1990s, the vast majority were made in the new century and have been issued on a variety of labels, including Teldec, Harmonia Mundi, Sony, EuroArts, and TDK.

Werner Güra was born in Munich, Germany, in 1964. He studied music at the Salzburg Mozarteum. Later on he studied with an impressive roster of teachers, including Swiss baritone Kurt Widmer, Dutch soprano Margreet Honig, and German bass-baritone Theo Adam.

In the early '90s Güra freelanced and regularly sang at the opera houses in Frankfurt and Basel. His first major recording appeared in 1992 when Harmonia Mundi released the René Jacobs-led CD of Schütz's Story of the Resurrection. After becoming a member of the Semperoper in 1995, Güra attracted greater attention and appeared on several major recordings, including the 1997 Richard Strauss Die Frau ohne Schatten on Teldec, and the 1999 Jacobs-led Così fan tutte on Harmonia Mundi.

In the 1998-1999 season, Güra toured Japan with conductor Philippe Herreweghe performing Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Although Güra always attempted to maintain a balance between opera and lieder, it was not until the new century that he achieved full recognition for his work in the latter realm.

His 2005 CD Hugo Wolf: Mörike-Lieder on Harmonia Mundi and his pair of 2007 Schubert lieder discs, Die schöne Müllerin and Schwanengesang, helped him establish his reputation as one of the foremost lieder singers of his generation. Another disc from the same year, of Mendelssohn's Paulus issued on the Carus label, further bolstered the busy Güra's credentials in the realm of the oratorio. Read less
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    Mozart: Requiem / Piau, Gura, Equilbey, Accentus
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5370 Release Date: 09/30/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Werner Güra,  Sandrine Piau,  Sara Mingardo,  Christopher Purves
    Conductor:  Laurence Equilbey
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Insula Orchestra,  Accentus
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    Bach: Christmas Oratorio / Jacobs, Roschmann, Gura, Scholl
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 971630 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Dorothea Röschmann,  Andreas Scholl,  Werner Güra,  Klaus Häger
    Conductor:  René Jacobs
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus,  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
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    Haydn: Scottish Airs /  Gura, Schroder, Dieltiens, Berner
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902144 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Julia Schroeder,  Werner Güra,  Roel Dieltiens,  Christoph Berner
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    Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Crowe, Gura, Rice, Phan, Nelson [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 3079654 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Christine Rice,  Lucy Crowe,  Nicholas Phan,  Werner Güra  ... 
    Conductor:  John Nelson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Orchestral Ensemble,  Schola Cantorum Oxford
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    Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Gura, Fink, Jacobs
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902156 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Fabio Trumpy,  Werner Güra,  Bernarda Fink,  Topi Lehtipuu  ... 
    Conductor:  René Jacobs
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus,  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin,  Berlin State And Cathedral Choir
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    Haydn: The Seasons / Jacobs
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 971829 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Marlis Petersen,  Werner Güra,  Dietrich Henschel
    Conductor:  René Jacobs
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus,  Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
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    Mozart - 1781-91, The Decade of Masterpieces
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908409 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Bernarda Fink,  Graciela Oddone,  Marcel Boone,  Werner Güra  ... 
    Conductor:  René Jacobs,  Philippe Herreweghe,  Gottfried Von der Goltz,  Andrew Manze
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne,  Cologne Chamber Choir,  La Chapelle Royale Paris  ... 
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    Schone Wiege Meiner Leiden / Werner Gura, Christoph Berner
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 501842 Release Date: 12/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Clara Wieck Schumann,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Werner Güra,  Christoph Berner
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    Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Gura, Fink, Jacobs
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 802156 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Topi Lehtipuu,  Bernarda Fink,  Werner Güra,  Fabio Trumpy  ... 
    Conductor:  René Jacobs
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus,  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin,  Berlin State And Cathedral Choir
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    Opera Baroque
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908658 Release Date: 09/17/2013   Number of Discs: 42
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Pier Francesco Cavalli,  Alessandro Scarlatti,  Jean-Baptiste Lully  ... 
    Performer:  Graciela Oddone,  Simon Keenlyside,  Juanita Lascarro,  Martina Dike  ... 
    Conductor:  René Jacobs,  William Christie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ghent Collegium Vocale,  Concerto Vocale,  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin  ... 
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    Beethoven: Missa Solemnis / Petersen, Kulman, Gura, Finley, Harnoncourt
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 712608 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Marlis Petersen,  Werner Güra,  Elisabeth Kulman,  Gerald Finley
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Netherlands Radio Choir
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    Beethoven: Missa Solemnis / Petersen, Kulman, Gura, Finley, Harnoncourt [blu-ray]
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 712704 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Gerald Finley,  Elisabeth Kulman,  Werner Güra,  Marlis Petersen
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Netherlands Radio Choir
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    Mahler: Das Klagende Lied; Blumine, 10 Symphony / Blunier, Beethoven Orchestra
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 9371804 Release Date: 05/21/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Lioba Braun,  Manuela Uhl,  Werner Güra
    Conductor:  Stefan Blunier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Beethoven Orchestra Bonn
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    Mendelssohn: Oratorios / Bernius
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83021 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Christoph Prégardien,  Johannes Happel,  Cornelius Hauptmann,  Letizia Scherrer  ... 
    Conductor:  Frieder Bernius
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen,  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra,  Stuttgart Chamber Choir  ... 
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    Schubert: Licht Und Liebe /  Petersen,  Vondung,   Gura,   Jarnot,   Berner
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902130 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Marlis Petersen,  Anke Vondung,  Werner Güra,  Konrad Jarnot  ... 
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    Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Crowe, Gura, Nelson
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 3079658 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Matthew Brook,  Stephen Morscheck,  Werner Güra,  Nicholas Phan  ... 
    Conductor:  John Nelson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schola Cantorum Oxford,  Paris Orchestral Ensemble
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    Wolf: Morike Lieder / Gura, Schultsz
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 1951882 Release Date: 03/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hugo Wolf
    Performer:  Werner Güra,  Jan Schultsz
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    Mendelssohn: Geistliches Chorwerk
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83020 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Werner Güra,  Maria Bernius,  Christiane Karg,  Andrea Brown  ... 
    Conductor:  Frieder Bernius
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Choir,  Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen,  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen  ... 
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    Schubert: Willkommen Und Abschied / Werner Gura, Christoph Berner
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902112 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Werner Güra,  Christoph Berner
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    Haydn: The Creation / Milne, Gura, Crowe, Nelson
    Label: Juxtapositions   Catalog: 3079378 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Lucy Crowe,  Jonathan Beyer,  Werner Güra,  Lisa Milne  ... 
    Conductor:  John Nelson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic,  Netherlands Radio Chamber Chorus
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    Romantic - Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Schubert, Schumann
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908500 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert,  Johann Nepomuk Hummel,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Roger Vignoles,  Bernarda Fink,  Régis Pasquier,  Jean-Claude Pennetier  ... 
    Conductor:  Marcus Creed,  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wanderer Trio,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus,  Collegium Vocale  ... 
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    The Art Of Lied / Werner Gura
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908460 Release Date: 08/09/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hugo Wolf,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Werner Güra,  Jan Schultsz,  Christoph Berner
    Conductor:  Marcus Creed
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
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  • 23.
    The Great Mass - A Ballet By Uwe Scholz / Leipzig Ballet [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2054604 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Werner Güra,  Marie-Claude Chappuis,  Eunyee You,  Friedemann Röhlig
    Conductor:  Balász Kocsár
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Leipzig Opera Chorus
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    The Beethoven Experience
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 81680 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Pierre-Laurent Aimard,  Daniel Barenboim,  Rudolf Buchbinder,  Thomas Zehetmair  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Daniel Barenboim
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    Schumann: Spanische Liebeslieder / Petersen, Vondung, Gura
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902050 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Konrad Jarnot,  Werner Güra,  Anke Vondung,  Marlis Petersen  ... 
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