The German tenor Klaus Florian Vogt was born in Heide, Holstein, and initially studied the horn at the Hanover and Hamburg Academies of Music. On graduating, he spent nine years playing the horn with the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra, while simultaneously studying singing with Günter Binge at the Lübeck Academy of Music. His first professional engagement was in Flensburg in 1997. The following year he joined the Dresden State Opera. Since 2003 he has pursued a freelance career. Among the conductors with whom he has worked in Dresden are Giuseppe Sinopoli and Sir Colin Davis, while his roles with the company have included Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Jeník in The Bartered Bride and Matteo in Arabella. It was also in Dresden that he made his highly successful role début as Max in Der Freischütz in the summer of 2001, a performance euphorically hailed by public and press alike. Guest engagements have taken him to Neustrelitz, where he scored a huge personal success as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly during the 1999/2000 season. In September 2000 he sang the First Man in Armour in Die Zauberflöte during Zurich Opera’s visit to Shanghai. Among other roles that Klaus Florian Vogt has added to his repertory in the intervening period are Lohengrin, Parsifal, Erik in Der fliegende Holländer, Walther von Stolzing in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Florestan in Fidelio, Paul in Die tote Stadt and Hoffmann in Les contes d’Hoffmann. During this period he has appeared in Madrid, Hamburg, Brussels, Amsterdam, Cologne, Tokyo, New York and elsewhere. He made his Vlaamse Opera début in 2002 as Florestan in Fidelio. The following year Hartmut Haenchen invited him to sing the part of Gunther in Wagner’s Die Feen at the Dresden Festival. He returned to Dresden in 2004 for the title role in Oberon. As a concert singer, too, Klaus Florian Vogt has proved impressively successful. In the summer of 2000, for example, he took part in the world première of Hans-Jürgen von Bose’s Prometheus in the German EXPO Pavilion in Hanover, while in September 2001 he sang in a performance of Beethoven’s Missa solemnis with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg under the direction of Pierre Cao.
Klaus Florian Vogt made his Bayreuth Festival début in 2007 as Walther von Stolzing in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, a role he repeated every year since then.