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 at home in all areas of classical music. The corona pandemic has thrust the European cultural scene into a difficult period, but the season 2022 is full of exciting projects for Paul. At Klagenfurt’s city theater he’s appearing in the main role of Zellers Der Vogelhändler. The Opera of Limoges is showing Ariadne auf Naxos by R. Strauss and for the first time Paul is performing the role of Tanzmeister and Brighella, a role he had already performed several times at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London.

The season 22/23 starts by debuting at Opera Straßbourg in the role of Der Narr in Franz Schreckers opera Die Schatzgräber. Directly after that he is performing in Menottis Amahl with the Theater an der Wien in a production directed by Stefan Herheim and in spring he’s appearing as Sam Borzallino in Korngolds Die Stumme Serenade. An artistic long time relationship leads to these collaborations. At this opera house he was already seen several times. For example in Zaza by Leoncavallo and in Salome by Richard Strauss as 1. Jew and Narraboth, delighting audiences in this double role. In the previous seasons he performed at the Vienna Volksoper with Das Gespenst von Canterville, by Marius F. Lange. Highlights from recent years include his appearances at the Palais Garnier in Paris and at the Salzburg and Bregenz Festivals. In Summer 2021 he embodied the main role in Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story at the Seefestspiele in Mörbisch. At this prestigious festival he already sang the role of Adam in Carl Zeller’s Der Vogelhändler. As well has he appeared as Edwin in the Csárdásfürstin at the Stadttheater in Bozen, and played Doctor Siedler in Im weissen Rössl at the Cologne Opera.

An absolutely new artistic task is approaching the artist at the Mozartwoche 2023. He is going to direct a pasticcio with music of Mozart at Marionettentheater Salzburg.

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

Premiere
15 Dec 2022

Amahl und die nächtlichen Besucher – G. Menotti 

König Caspar
Theater an der Wien

17 - 27 Dec 2022

Amahl und die nächtlichen Besucher – G. Menotti

König Caspar
Theater an der Wien

Events in the past

30 Oct - 29 Nov 2022

Die Schatzgräber – F. Schreker

Der Narr
Opera de Strasbourg

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

19 May 2022

Ariadne auf Naxos – R. Strauss

Tanzmeister / Brighella
Opera de Limoges

17 May 2022

Ariadne auf Naxos – R. Strauss

Tanzmeister / Brighella
Opera de Limoges

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

01 - 28 Jan 2022

Der Vogelhändler – C. Zeller

Adam aus Tirol
Stadttheater Klagenfurt

09 - 31 Dec 2021

Der Vogelhändler – C. Zeller

Adam aus Tirol
Stadttheater Klagenfurt

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