Verbier Festival
Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke

Born in Austria, he studies at the Musikhochschule in Vienna with Prof. Gerhard Kahry (voive) and Kmsg. Kurt Equiluz (Lied/oratorio)

He makes his début at the Opéra National de Paris in 1997 and subsequently is invited to do Goro/Madama Butterfly, Monostatos (with Bob Wilson and Fura del Baus) as well as 1.Geharnischter/Zauberflöte, Capito/Mathis der Maler, Mime/Ring des Nibelungen and also participates at the world premiere of Philippe Manoury’s “K…” (Block/Gerichtsdiener)

At the Glyndebourne Festival Opera he sings in more than 130 performances including Vašek/Bartered Bride, Reverend Adams/Peter Grimes, Monostatos, Arnalta/L’Incoronazione di Poppea and the Witch/Hansel und Gretel- the two last also semistaged at the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall-, Tanzmeister/Ariadne auf Naxos and Podestà/La finta giardiniera.

Further important engagements:
Valzacchi/Rosenkavalier (Monnaie de Bruxelles,Baden-Baden-Festival, Metropolitan Opera), Dr. Cajus/Falstaff (Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Teatro Real Madrid), Rheingold-Mime (Semperoper Dresden, Teatro alla Scala, Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier/Montreal, De Nederlandse Opera, Bunka Kaikan/Tokyo), Siegfried-Mime (Capitole de Toulouse, Teatro Real, La Fenice, Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich Opera Festival, Staatsoper Stuttgart, De Nederlandse Opera), Pedrillo/Entführung (Festival Mozart La Coruña, Teatro Real, San Carlo di Napoli), Trimalchio in Maderna’s Satyricon, Josef/Wiener Blut and the world-premiere of Battistellis Divorzio all’italiana (Opéra national de Lorraine), Blue-beard/Offenbach (Bregenz Festival, Oper Leipzig), Loge/Rheingold (Opéra national du Rhin, Lucerne Festival, Opera North), Aegisth/Elektra (Strasbourg), Hauptmann/Wozzeck (La Scala, Bayerische Staatsoper), Piet/Grand Macabre (English National Opera, Berliner Philharmonie), Witch (Opéra national de Lyon, Bayerische Staatsoper), Herod/Salome (Wiener Volksoper, Wiener Staatsoper, Opernhaus Zürich), Pirzel/Die Soldaten (Salzburg Festival, Scala), Prinz/Kammerdiener/Marquis in Lulu (Staatsoper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper), scenic world-premiere of Gurre-Lieder/Klaus Narr at Nederlandse Opera.

Recently he has performed Siegfried-Mime at Canadian Opera Company, Rheingold-Mime at Staatsoper Berlin, Hauptmann at Scala, Opernhaus Zürich and Southbank Centre, Gurre-Lieder at Bergen Festival, in Göteborg and Hannover, Loge in Opera North’s semi-staged Rheingold in Leeds/Manchester/Nottingham/Newcastle/Southbank Centre, Pollux/Liebe der Danae at Salzburg Festival

He works with stage directors such as Flimm, McBurney, Pelly, Wilson, Audi, Kriegenburg, Breth, Hermanis, McVickar, Krämer, Pountney or Fura del Baus and with conductors such as Barenboim, Metzmacher, Welser-Möst, Nagano, M. Albrecht, A. + Ph. Jordan, Haïm, Conlon, Thielemann, Tate, Ticciati, Haenchen, Pappano, V. Jurowsky or López-Cobos.

Future engagements: Ivan/The Nose and Valzacchi/Rosenkavalier for his debut at Covent Garden, Herod/Salome at Opera national du Rhin, Bayerische Staatsoper, Staatsoper Wien, Gurre-Lieder at Elbphilharmonie, Podestà/La finta giardiniera at Prinzregententheater, Mime/Ring at Staatsoper Wien and Bayerische Staatsoper