“I don’t think there’s another tenor in the world who can hit the levels Vinke does and make it sound so casual” – David Karlin
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, and the following year was voted ‘Male Newcomer of the Year’ by Opernwelt magazine.
This summer saw Stefan give tremendous performances of Tristan at the Bayreuth Festival with Christian Thielemann, with reviewers praising his portrayal both musically and dramatically:
“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.” Jim Pritchard
Upcoming performances include Tristan in Bologna, Athens and Karlsrühe, and his first Kaiser Die Frau ohne Schatten in Leipzig. A distinguished concert artist, his orchestral engagements this season include Beethoven’s Christus am Ölberge in Frankfurt and Glanert’s Requiem for Hieronymus Bosch with Semyon Bychkov and the Czech Philharmonic.