Vita

“All of life is a stage – an exciting, perilous adventure that demands your whole concentration. I’m at home in each of the performing arts, whether opera, theatre, operetta, musical, song recital, film, or performance.“ Paul Schweinester

Opera and Operetta

Internationally acclaimed Austrian tenor Paul Schweinester is familiar with all areas of classical music, both at home and on international stages. As a result, he considers it an enormous honor to sing in Vienna, where this season will see him in four new projects, the first being a premiere with Laurent Pelly‘s Volksoper production of “Le Voyage dans la Lune” by Jacques Offenbach in October, after which he is scheduled to perform the role of Don Achise in “La Finta Giardiniera” by W.A. Mozart at the Theater an der Wien. In between, Paul will be singing “Das Lied von der Erde” by Gustav Mahler under the baton of Emanuel Tjeknavorian in the beautiful Mozartsaal of the Vienna Konzerthaus. The fourth project will take place at the Goldener Saal of the Musikverein Wien, where he will be performing an exquisite repertoire from the roaring 20ies and 30ies at the prestigious Philharmoniker Ball 2024 alongside the Orchestra Divertimento Viennese.

Additionally, Paul‘s international concert season will include “Carmina Burana” at the Casa da Música Porto, conducted by Stefan Blunier, and the role of Kunz Vogelsang as part of an acclaimed cast of singers in a new springtime production of Wagner‘s “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg” staged by Laurent Pelly at the Teatro Real de Madrid. Paul‘s latest season started with a debut at the Opera Straßbourg, where he played the role of Der Narr in Franz Schrecker‘s opera “Die Schatzgräber”. Directly afterwards, he performed at the Theater an der Wien in Menotti‘s “Amahl and the Nightly Visitors” in a production directed by Stefan Herheim before appearing as Sam Borzallino in Korngold‘s “Die Stumme Serenade” in the spring. Other highlights from recent years include his performances at the Palais Garnier in Paris and the Salzburg and Bregenz Festivals. Besides that, he embodied the main role in Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story” at the Seefestspiele Mörbisch in 2021, where he had already sung the role of Adam in Carl Zeller’s “Der Vogelhändler” four years before.

A new artistic goal approached Paul Schweinester at the Mozartwoche 2023 for which, in his first foray into the creative field, he not only wrote the play “Der alte Baum oder Franzis Reise bis ans Ende der Welt”, but also directed it to the music of W.A. Mozart, an accomplishment that earned him the honor of being highlighted at the Marionettentheater Salzburg. This success has resulted in a projected revival of the play at the Mozartwoche 2025 and an ensuing tour of “Der alte Baum” through Central Europe.

A CD recording of Entführung aus dem Serail, together with Diana Damrau and Rolando Villazón, was released on Deutsche Grammophon in fall 2016. Its success led to a second collaboration, in which Paul Schweinester recorded the role of Monostatos in The Magic Flute.

Entführung aus dem Serail

“Frisch zum Kampfe” – The Chamber Orchestra of Europe conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Contemporary
Opera

The singer/performer relishes the challenges of contemporary opera: he is debuting at the Philharmonie de Luxembourg in the Atlantis Code by German Composer Frank Schwemmer. At Theater an der Wien he appeared as Toni in Elegie für junge Liebende and sang the part of Josef Powolny in Friedrich Cerha’s Onkel Präsident at the Prince Regent Theater in Munich. He also sang François Deschamp’s Jean und Gilles at the Sirene Operntheater in Vienna.

Concert

Paul Schweinester’s numerous appearances with renowned orchestras and conductors are a testament to his international appeal. For Easter 2022 he performs J. S. Bach’s St. John Passion at the Hercules Saal in Munich. He performed Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Gaechinger Cantorey under the direction of H. C. Rademann at the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus, the Gasteig in Munich, the Stuttgart Liederhalle, and at the International House of Music in Moscow. On New Year’s Day 2018 he sang Haydn’s The Creation in the Bela Bartok Hall in Budapest. He toured Spain and France, singing the St Matthew Passion with the Musiciens du Louvre under Mark Minkowski. He also performed Mozart’s Requiem with Paul Langrée and the Camerata Salzburg in Colombia.

Art Song

Paul Schweinester has a passion for Lieder. Concerts at the NDR Studios in Hamburg, Jeunesse in Vienna, the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg, the Brahms Festival in Mürzzuschlag, and the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York are proof of the depth of his commitment to the genre. The singer is featured with his own adaptation of “Die schöne Magelone” by Johannes Brahms in Wien and Innsbruck.

„Dass sie hier gewesen“ (Franz Schubert)

Recorded at NDR Studios, Hamburg.

Piano: Lech Napierala

Ballroom Music

„Il giovanotto matto“

Orchester Divertimento Viennese, conducted by V. Praxmarer

Performing sophisticated dance music at the magnificent balls of Vienna is another of the singer’s regular occupations; he has appeared at the Philharmonic Ball, the Kaffeesiederball, the Kaiserball, and many others. Backed by the orchestra Divertimento Viennese, Paul Schweinester enchants ballrooms with classics from the 20s and 30s such as “Für eine Nacht voller Seligkeit” and “Die Nacht ist nicht allein zum schlafen da”. This is music close enough to touch.

Die schöne Magelone

A very special presentation of “Die Schöne Magelone“: These poems, set to music by Johannes Brahms, are supplemented by a staged reading conceived exclusively for the occasion. The listener accompanies the young protagonist on an emotional journey through the world of his own feelings, on the dangerous path to fulfilling love…

The stage: a codex through
which my person
is transformed into art.

Events

20 Oct 2023 - 25 Jun 2024

Die Reise auf den Mond – Jacques Offenbach

Mikroskop
Volksoper Wien
 
17 Mar 2024

Johannespassion – J. S. Bach 

Evangelist und Arien
Dom zu St. Jakob | Innsbruck

Premiere
24 Apr 2024

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg – R. Wagner

Kunz Vogelsang + Cover David
Teatro Real Madrid
 
28 Apr - 25 May 2024

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg – R. Wagner

Kunz Vogelsang + Cover David
Teatro Real Madrid
 

Events in the past

18 Jan 2024

Ball der Wiener Philharmoniker 

Arien und Schlager der 20er mit dem Orchester Divertimento Viennese unter der Leitung von Vinzenz Praxmarer

03 - 20 Dec 2023

La finta giardiniera – W. A. Mozart

Don Achise, Il Podestà
Theater an der Wien
 
Premiere
01 Dec 2023

La finta giardiniera – W. A. Mozart

Don Achise, Il Podestà
Theater an der Wien
 
Concert
11 Nov 2023

Carmina Burana – C. Orff

Casa da Musica Porto
 
20 Oct 2023 - 25 Jun 2024

Die Reise auf den Mond – Jacques Offenbach

Mikroskop
Volksoper Wien
 
Concert
20 Oct 2023

Das Lied von der Erde – Gustav Mahler

Mozartsaal Konzerthaus Wien
 
Premiere
14 Oct 2023

Die Reise auf den Mond – Jacques Offenbach

Mikroskop
Volksoper Wien
 
Premiere
05 Jun 2023

Die stumme Serenade – Erich Wolfgang Korngold 

Sam Borzallino
Theater an der Wien

05 - 06 Apr 2023

Mozart Requiem

Tenorsolist
Philharmonie Salzburg

19 Mar 2023

Die letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuz – J. Haydn 

Tenorsolist
Evangelische Kirche Gütersloh

Premiere
28 Jan 2023

„Der Alte Baum“ oder Franzis Reise bis ans Ende der Welt – W. A. Mozart / Tscho Theissing 

Regie / Konzept / Gesang
MoWo 2023, Marionettentheater Salzburg

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Premiere
15 Dec 2022

Amahl und die nächtlichen Besucher – G. Menotti 

König Caspar
Theater an der Wien

Premiere
28 Oct 2022

Die Schatzgräber – F. Schreker 

Der Narr
Opera de Strasbourg

16 Jul 2022

Cosi fan tutte – W. A. Mozart 

Ferrando
Oper im Park / Gutshaus Wietzow

Premiere
15 May 2022

Ariadne auf Naxos – R. Strauss

Tanzmeister / Brighella
Opera de Limoges

15 Apr 2022

Johannespassion – J. S. Bach 

Evangelist | Arien
Herculessaal München

Premiere
04 Feb 2022

Il re pastore – W. A. Mozart

Agenore
Mozartwoche Salzburg

05 Dec 2021

Mozart Requiem | Camerata Salzburg

Tenorsolo
Kollegienkirche Salzburg
 
 
Concert
31 Oct 2021

Serenaden Konzerte Niederösterreich 2021

Lieder, Duette und Quartette von Brahms, Schumann und Randhartinger
Festsaal Ruprechtshofen

09 Jul - 14 Aug 2021

West Side Story – L. Bernstein

Tony
Mancusi | Seebühne Mörbisch
 
 
04 May - 11 Jun 2021

Der Vogelhändler – C. Zeller

Adam aus Tirol
Wallner | Stadttheater Klagenfurt  

Concert
25 Jan 2021

Requiem + Missa Brevis – W. A. Mozart

Tenor Solo
Christina Pluhar | Mozartwoche Salzburg

Concert
11 - 21 Dec 2020

Weihnachtsoratorium – J. S. Bach

Evangelist + Arien
Mark Minkowski |Europa Tournee

16 - 29 Sep 2020

Zaza – R. Leoncavallo

Courtois, Impresario
Stefan Soltész | Theater an der Wien

04 - 09 Sep 2020

Das Gespenst von Canterville – F. M. Lange

David Umney
Gerrit Prießnitz | Volksoper Wien

11 Jul - 22 Aug 2020

Westside Story – L. Bernstein

Tony
Sascha Goetzel | Seefestspiele Mörbisch

Concert
27 May 2020

Fidelio – L. v. Beethoven

Jaquino
Simone Young | Philharmonie Paris

Concert
27 Apr 2020

Carmina Burana – C. Orff

Schwan
Münchner Symphoniker | Philharmonie am Gasteig

Concert
17 Apr 2020

Fidelio – L. v. Beethoven

Jaquino
Kirill Petrenko | Philharmonie Berlin

04 - 13 Apr 2020

Fidelio – L. v. Beethoven

Jaquino
Berliner Philharmoniker | Baden-Baden Osterfestpiele

23 Feb 2020

Ariadne auf Naxos – R. Strauss

Brighella
Bayrische Staatsoper | Hong Kong Arts Festival 2020

20 - 30 Jan 2020

Salome – R. Strauss

Narraboth und Erster Jude
Leo Hussain | Theater an der Wien

19 Oct - 30 Nov 2019

Das Gespenst von Canterville – F. M. Lange

David Umney
Gerrit Prießnitz | Volksoper Wien

Premiere
20 Jul 2019

Don Quichotte – J. Massenets

Rodriguez
Daniel Cohen | Bregenzer Festspiele

Premiere
17 Jul 2019

Rigoletto – G. Verdi

Borsa
Enrique Mazzola | Bregenzer Festspiele

Die Entführung aus dem Serail

ECO | Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Deutsche Grammophon
2015

Die Loreley

MusikMuseum
2013

die Zauberflöte

ECO | Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Deutsche Grammophon
2019

Fons amoris

MusikMuseum
2018

Rigoletto

Enrique Mazzola
Wiener Symphoniker
2019

Die Soldaten

Ingo Metzmacher
Wiener Philharmoniker
2012

Matthäus Passion

H. Ch. Rademann
Gächinger Cantorey
2017

Hamlet

Paolo Carignani
Wiener Symphoniker
2016

Le nozze di figaro

Dan Ettinger
Wiener Philharmoniker
2015