Peter Seiffert Withdraws From Deutsche Oper Berlin’s ‘Tannhäuser’

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: © Studioline Photography)

Legendary heldentenor Peter Seiffert has withdrawn from the performances of Wagner’s romantic opera “Tannhäuser” at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on Feb. 12 and 20, 2022.

As a result, Stephen Gould and Klaus Florian Vogt will take over the title role. Gould and Vogt join a cast that includes Camilla Nylund as Elisabeth and Venus, and Tobias Kehrer in the role of Landgraf Hermann von Thüringen. The cast also includes Clemens Bieber, Joel Allison, Jörg Schörner, Tyler Zimmerman, and Valeriia Savinskaia. Sir Donald Runnicles conducts a production by Kirsten Harms, with set and costume design by Bernd Damovsky.

Seiffert portrayed the Wagner’s romantic hero last time at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in May 2019 alongside Emma Bell and Sir Simon Keenlyside.

Peter Seiffert studied at the Musikhochschule of his hometown Düsseldorf. His first engagement was at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein; at the same time he was awarded the first prize at the singing competition of the Deutscher Musikrat. He has performed at the greatest world’s operatic stages, including the Metropolitan Opera New York, Los Angeles Opera, Teatro alla Scala Milan, Wiener Staatsoper, San Francisco Opera, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Teatro la Fenice in Venice, Teatro Real Madrid, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Staatsoper Berlin, Opernhaus Zürich, Palau de les Arts Valencia, Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, and the Maggio Musicale in Florence, among many others. Seiffert has also taken part at the greatest opera festivals, including the Salzburg Festival and Bayreuth Festival.