Stefan Vinke

Askonas Holt is delighted to announce the worldwide management of tenor, Stefan Vinke.

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German Heldentenor, Stefan Vinke, studied as a church musician at the Cologne College of Music before beginning his professional singing career in Karlsruhe and Mönchengladbach. In 1999 he was awarded the position of ‘Young Heroic Tenor’ at the Nationaltheather Mannheim where in 2000 he was voted ‘Male Newcomer of the Year’ by Opernwelt magazine.

Globally renowned as an interpreter of Wagner’s great tenor roles, he has sung the title roles of Tristan, Siegfried, Tannhäuser, Parsifal, Lohengrin, Rienzi, also Siegmund/Die Walküre, Siegfried/Götterdammerung, Erik/Der Fliegende Holländer, and Walther von Stolzing/Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.

His numerous Ring cycle appearances include the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden with Sir Antonio Pappano, the Metropolitan Opera, New York with Philippe Jordan, Wiener Staatsoper and Bayerische Staatsoper under Kiril Petrenko and Deutsche Oper with Donald Runnicles.

He has also sung the title role of Idomeneo, Florestan/Fidelio, Bacchus/Ariadne, Paul/Die tote Stadt, Alviano/Die Gezeichneten, and Jim Mahony/Aufsteig und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny in the theatres of Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, Leipzig, Stuttgart, Munich, Paris, Montpellier, Lisbon, Barcelona, Venice, Madrid, Melbourne, Bejing, Geneva, Chicago, Seattle, Hong Kong, Sydney, and at the Salzburg Festival.

His most recent performances of Tristan at the 2019 Bayreuth Festival with Christian Thielemann, and Siegfried /Siegfried and Götterdämmerung at the Müpa in Budapest with Adam Fischer were highly acclaimed. His opera performances continue with Tristan in Bologna, Athens and Karlsruhe and his first Kaiser/Die Frau ohne Schatten in Leipzig.

A distinguished concert artist, his orchestral engagements this season include Beethoven’s ‘Christus am Ölberg’ in Frankfurt and Glanert’s ‘Requiem für Hieronymous Bosch’ with Semyon Bychkov and the Czech Philharmonic.


Performance Schedule

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    20:30 13 Jan 2021 Philharmonie de Paris, PARIS

    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Mauerische Trauermusik K. 477
    ARVO PÄRT Stabat Mater
    LEOS JANACEK Glagolitic Mass

    Conductor: Karina Canellakis
    Tenor: Stefan Vinke
    Ensemble: Orchestre de Paris

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    20:30 14 Jan 2021 Philharmonie de Paris, PARIS

    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Mauerische Trauermusik K. 477
    ARVO PÄRT Stabat Mater
    LEOS JANACEK Glagolitic Mass

    Conductor: Karina Canellakis
    Tenor: Stefan Vinke
    Ensemble: Orchestre de Paris


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    17 Jun 19 Götterdammerüng Siegfried
    MUPA Budapest

    ‘Stefan Vinke is an irrepressible Siegfried who bounces onto the stage and whose voice is unequalled in its comfort at sustained high tessitura, even when wound up to full power. I don’t think there’s another tenor in the world who can hit the levels Vinke does and make it sound so casual: his encounter with the Rhinemaidens, in which Siegfried narrowly misses saving the world without having any idea what he’s doing, was acted hugely entertainingly as well as sounding wonderful in its blend of voices.’


    David Karlin, Bachtrack, 17 June 2019


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    22 Aug 19 Tristan und Isolde Title Role
    Bayreuth Festival

    ‘Stefan Vinke proved an ideal partner for Lang and sounded note perfect…Vinke clearly knows the role inside out and, more importantly, he lived the part. Creating a character seemed as important for him as his singing and his crazed delusional outpourings in Act III were gripping. He reminded me – more than some – of René Kollo singing his last Tristan for Christian Thielemann at the Deutsche Oper in 2000 and who was at the very edge of what was vocally possible…’

    Jim Pritchard, Seen and Heard International, 22 August 2019

    ‘The casting was excellent with a formidable trio of Wagner heavyweights taking the main roles. Stefan Vinke (Tristan), Petra Lang (Isolde) and Georg Zeppenfeld (King Marke). ‘

    Tony Cooper, Planet Hugill, 21 August 2019




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    30 Sep 18 Siegfried Title Role
    Royal Opera House

    ‘Who would choose to be Siegfried to Stemme’s Brünnhilde? To spend five hours forging swords, slaying dragons, disposing of evil dwarves and disarming gods, all at the highest level of vocal exertion, only to be forced to compete with someone who has just woken up and given out a powerhouse performance like that? The answer: Stefan Vinke, who didn’t seem remotely fazed. For most tenors, Siegfried is a brattish teenager, an oafish braggart whose superhuman strength is matched to the brain of a newt. Many simply won’t touch the role (apart from anything else, the sustained high tessitura is punishing). But Vinke clearly loves the role: he bounds about the stage, radiating youthful exuberance and enthusiasm to a point that you can’t help but find him endearing. And the voice is unforced, blithely lilting its way through high powered passages as if this were the easiest thing in the world. The sword forging scene was one of the most powerful passages of opera I’ve ever seen, Vinke’s exuberance blending with staggeringly high octane stuff from the orchestra. Audience members could be seen punching the air at the hammer blows.’

    David Karlin, Bachtrack, 30 September 2018


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    15 Apr 19 Siegfried Title Role
    Metropolitan Opera

    ‘Bonnie Tyler’s soulful 1984 plaint “Holding Out for a Hero,” was finally answered Saturday afternoon when tenor Stefan Vinke made his Metropolitan Opera debut in the title role of Wagner’s Siegfried. Not only was Vinke strong, he was also fast and fresh from the fight.

    And when I say “fresh from the fight,” that’s no exaggeration. At the end of just over five hours of opera—most of which time he’s onstage and singing —the hero Siegfried joins in a long, exuberant love duet with the demigoddess Brünnhilde. Most tenors by that point have sputtered, faking the music or just plain dropping out.

    But Vinke proved himself eminently worth holding out for: in that last scene he sang even more boldly and even carelessly than he had in the long hours before. By the time the curtain fell my eyes were wet with tears.

    That’s despite the fact that Siegfried is, by Wagnerian standards, quite a jolly opera: the hero forges a magic sword, slays a dragon, wins that pesky cursed golden Ring (though he has no clue what it’s for) and then overpowers Wotan, the king of the gods, on his way to waken the sleeping Brunnhilde.

    So what I found unbearably moving about Vinke’s final scene (and all that led up to it) is that he sang so openly and frankly—even, just for the hell of it, tossing in a brilliant high C at the very end of the opera. In other words, he performed not like an experienced, thoughtful man, but rather like the innocent and heedless boy Wagner intended Siegfried to be. Vinke not only accomplished the daunting task of singing every note; he realized the impossible dream of making Siegfried lovable.’

    James Jorden, Observer, 15 April 2019

    ‘Vinke sounded heroic, like Siegfried should…He does have to be heroic, and Vinke was that throughout, singing with passion and charisma, nearly always expressing a feeling of striding over mountains.

    And he often sang with great beauty. In the gentlest music his phrasing and sound were graceful and burnished. He was at his best when interacting with other characters, mercurial and full or energy.’

    George Grella, New York Classical Review, 14 April 2019



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    Wagner: Siegfried Act III

    Label: SWR Classic

    Release Date: 09 Aug 19

    Lise Lindstrom

    Stefan Vinke

    Cond. Pietari Inkinen

    Deutsche Radio Philharmonie

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    Mahler: Symphony Nos. 1-9

    Label: Signum Classics

    Release Date: 13 Apr 17

    Sally Matthews
    Michelle de Young
    Sarah Connolly
    Sarah Fox
    Ailish Tynan
    Sarah Tynan
    Anne-Marie Owens
    Stefan Vinke
    Mark Stone
    Stephen Gadd
    Tiffin Boys Choir
    Boys of the Eton College Chapel
    BBC Symphony Chorus
    Philharmonia Voices & Chorus
    Philharmonia Orchestra

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    Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen

    Label: Avie Records

    Release Date: 22 Sep 14

    Dirigent: Asher Fisch
    Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Opera Chorus


    Mime – Dennis Petersen
    Siegfried – Stefan Vinke
    The Bear – JC Casiano
    The Wanderer – Greer Grimsley
    Alberich – Richard Paul Fink
    Fafner – Daniel Sumegi
    Forest Bird – Jennifer Zetlan
    Erda – Lucille Beer
    Brünnhilde – Alwyn Mellor


    1st Norn – Luretta Bybee
    2nd Norn – Stephanie Blythe
    3rd Norn – Margaret Jane Wray
    Brünnhilde – Alwyn Mellor
    Siegfried – Stefan Vinke
    Gunther – Markus Brück
    Hagen – Daniel Sumegi
    Gutrune – Wendy Bryn Harmer
    Waltraute – Stephanie Blythe
    Alberich – Richard Paul Fink
    Woglinde – Jennifer Zetlan
    Wellgunde – Cecelia Hall
    Flosshilde – Renee Tatum



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    Korngold: Die Tote Stadt DVD

    Label: Dynamic

    Release Date: 30 Nov 11

    Stefan Vinke

    Solveig Kringelborn

    Stephan Genz

    Christa Mayer

    Eleonore Marguerre

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    Bruch: Moses

    Label: K&K Verlagsanstalt

    Release Date: 01 Jan 05

    Peter Lika
    Bass ~ Moses
    Birgitte Christensen
    Soprano ~ Angel of the Lord
    Stefan Vinke
    Tenor ~ Aaron

    Kantorei Maulbronn
    Russian Chamber Philharmonic St. Petersburg
    Conductor: Jürgen Budday

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    Mahler: Symphony No.8

    Label: Tudor

    Release Date: 19 Nov 13

    Montalvo, Vinke. Bamberger SO & Chorus, Nott
    Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 8 / Baechle, Braun

    Lioba Braun
    Michaela Kaune

    Janina Baechle
    Marisol Montalvo
    Stefan Vinke
    Michael Nagy
    Albert Dohmen
    Manuela Uhl

    Jonathan Nott
    Czech Philharmonic Choir
    Windsbach Boys Choir
    Bamberg Symphony Chorus
    Bamberg Symphony Orchestra



‘Fidelio’ (Florestan)


‘Wozzeck’ (Tambourmajor)

‘Carmen’ (Don Jose)

‘Die Tote Stadt’ (Paul)

‘Pagliacci’ (Canio)

‘Idomeneo’ (title role)
‘Die Zauberflöte’ (1ST Armed Man)

‘La belle Hélène’ (Un Emigrante) German & Italian

‘Intolleranza’ (Ménélas)

‘Die Gezeichneten’ (Alviano di Salvago)

‘Verkaufte Braut’ (Hans) German

‘Daphne’ (Apollo)
‘Ariadne’ (Bacchus)
Elektra’ (Aegisth)
‘Die Frau ohne Schatten’ (Kaiser)
‘Die Ägyptische Helena’ (Menelas)
‘Arabella’ (Matteo & Graf Elemer)
‘Der Rosenkavalier’ (Der Sänger)

‘Tristan und Isolde’ (Tristan)
‘Siegfried’ (Siegfried)
‘Tannhäuser’ (Tannhäuser)
‘Lohengrin’ (Lohengrin)
‘Das Rheingold’ (Loge)
‘Die Walküre’ (Siegmund)
‘Götterdämmerung’ (Siegfried)
‘Rienzi’ (Rienzi)
‘Parsifal’ (Parsifal)‘Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg’ (Walther von Stolzing)
‘Der Fliegender Holländer’ (Erik)

‘Der Freischütz’ (Max)

‘Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny’ (Jim Mahony)


For concert repertoire please contact Natasha Worsley