Artists biographies
Choir of Theater Bonn

The choir of the Theater Bonn celebrated its 75th anniversary during the 2010/2011 season. Its history as an established part of Bonn’s cultural life started in 1935 when theatre manager Curt Herwig completed the newly established opera section with its own choir. After the war the ensemble was rebuilt by music director Theodor Scheer; as the choirmaster until 1978, he had a crucial impact on the choir’s artistic direction and development. He was succeeded by Georg-Archim Földes; in 1992 Markus Oppeneiger took on the role. Between 1997 and 2013 Sibylle Wagner conducted the opera’s choir. She was replaced by Volkmar Olbrich, , the long-standing choral director of the opera houses in Leipzig and Frankfurt, who continued until 2015. Since the start of the 2015/16 season Marco Medved has been rehearsing with the choir as its new conductor; during that season he participated in almost a hundred performances in up to seven new productions.

The artistic highlights in the history of the choir have been – alongside guest performances in the German-speaking world – performances of Verdi’s ‘Otello’ with Placido Domingo in Reggio Emilia, Italy, in 1992, an invitation to the Vienna Festival in 1995 with the world premiere of the opera ‘Der ewige Frieden’ by Kurt Schwertsik, and the participation at the Festival de Musica on Gran Canaria in 1996 with Weber’s ‘Der Freischütz’ and ‘Fidelio’ by Ludwig van Beethoven.

Committed to Beethoven’s works as a concert choir too, the Bonn operatic chorus has since its founding participated in many performances of Beethoven’s Ninth, most recently on the Museumsplatz in Bonn at the Beethovenfest Bonn 2015, conducted by the then musical director Roman Kofman. The choir sang in the performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony no. 8 (‘Symphony of a Thousand’) at the Beethovenfest Bonn in 2009; most recently in 2016 in Luigi Cherubini’s Comédie lyrique ‘Les deux journées ou Le porteur d’eau’ (‘The Water Carrier’).

The choir’s vocal quality is illustrated by the complete recording of Antonio Carlos Gomes’s opera ‘Il Guarany’ with Placido Domingo; other CD recordings include ‘Der Golem’ by Eugen d’Albert and Franz Schreker’s ‘Irrelohe’ with the Beethoven Orchester Bonn, conducted by musical director Stefan Blunier.

Appearances at the
Beethovenfest 2017

Appearances at the
Beethovenfest 2016

Appearances at the
Beethovenfest 2012

Appearances at the
Beethovenfest 2011