The bass Georg Zeppenfeld, who comes from the Westphalian town of Attendorn, first completed a teaching degree with the subjects of music and German studies. At the conservatories in Detmold and Cologne he received parallel training in concert and opera singing, concluding with Hans Sotin.
After first permanent engagements in Münster and Bonn, he was engaged in 2001 by the Saxon State Opera in Dresden, which has remained his artistic home to this day. He also gives guest performances at almost all the major opera houses in Europe and the United States, as well as at the world's most important concert venues.
His repertoire includes Figaro and Bartolo (Le nozze di Figaro), Don Alfonso (Cosí), Rocco (Fidelio), Kaspar (Freischütz), King Karl (Schubert: Fierrabras), Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Zaccaria (Nabucco), Banco (Macbeth), Sparafucile (Rigoletto), Padre Guardiano (Forza del destino), Filippo II (Don Carlo), Daland (Holländer), Landgrave Herrmann (Tannhäuser), King Heinrich (Lohengrin), King Marke (Tristan), Fasolt (Rheingold), Hunding (Walküre), Gurnemanz (Parsifal), Veit Pogner and Hans Sachs (Meistersinger), as well as Baculus (Wildschütz), Gremin (Onegin), Wassermann (Rusalka), Arkel (Pelléas), Pimen (Boris Godunow), Peneios (Strauss: Daphne) and La Roche (Capriccio).
A key role is Sarastro (Magic Flute), which he sang under Claudio Abbado in Baden-Baden. He has enjoyed success with this role not only at the Dresden Semperoper, but also at the San Francisco Opera, the New York MET, the Vienna State Opera, the Salzburg Festival (under Harnoncourt), the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, the Zurich Opera and the Bavarian State Opera.
He has already been a regular guest at the Bayreuth Festival since 2010 with the major bass roles in his repertoire. With his highly acclaimed role debut as Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, he achieved a milestone in this summit role of the bass repertoire at the 2019 Salzburg Easter Festival under the baton of Christian Thielemann.
In the current season, he has been entrusted with roles including Sarastro (Magic Flute), Rocco (Fidelio), Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Zaccaria (Nabucco) and Hans Sachs (Meistersinger) at his parent house in Dresden. At Zurich Opera he will once again take on the bass part in the staged performance of the Verdi Requiem. In Munich he can be heard as Gurnemanz (Parsifal) and at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in a new production of Fidelio under Antonio Pappano as Rocco.
Georg Zeppenfeld devotes himself with special preference to concert singing. Oratorios from the Baroque to the late Romantic period have already given him the opportunity to work with Pierre Boulez, Riccardo Chailly, Sir Colin Davis, Gustavo Dudamel, Daniele Gatti, Daniel Harding, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Thomas Hengelbrock, Marek Janowski, Fabio Luisi, Lorin Maazel, Andris Nelsons, Marc Minkowski, Antonio Pappano, Kirill Petrenko, Christian Thielemann and Franz Welser-Möst.
The singer's diverse and extensive oeuvre is documented on numerous CD and DVD releases as well as in radio and television productions by European broadcasters.
Georg Zeppenfeld was appointed "Kammersänger der Sächsischen Staatsoper Dresden" in 2015.
Engagements in Bayreuth
|2020||Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg||Veit Pogner, Goldschmied|
|2020||Lohengrin||Heinrich der Vogler|
|2019||Tristan und Isolde||Marke|
|2019||Lohengrin||Heinrich der Vogler|
|2018||Tristan und Isolde||Marke|
|2018||Lohengrin||Heinrich der Vogler|
|2017||Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg||Ein Nachtwächter|
|2016||Tristan und Isolde||Marke|
|2015||Tristan und Isolde||Marke|
|2011||Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg||Veit Pogner, Goldschmied|
|2011||Lohengrin||Heinrich der Vogler|
|2010||Lohengrin||Heinrich der Vogler|