Johannes von Duisburg


Bass-Baritone Johannes von Duisburg, born in Dresden , started his vocal training at school. Aged 20, he made his debut as a soloist at . the “Stadttheater Brandenburg”. After moving to former West-Berlin, he studied and made his degree at the “Universität der Künste” there. Throughout these studies, he joined the master class of Kammersänger Prof. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. His regulare voice theacher was Kammersänger Peter Gougaloff.  In 1991, he accepted a contract at the “Mecklenburgische Staatstheater” Schwerin and made his role-debuts as Don Pizarro FIDELIO and as the word`s youngest FLIEGENDER HOLLÄNDER. Since 1992, he has worked as a freelance singer over the world, with guest contracts at, among others, the opera houses of Geneva, Lisbon, Florence, Cagliari, Napoli, Rome (Accademia di Santa Cecilia and Teatro dell`Opera), Bologna, Moskow, Prague, Strasbourg and the Festivals of Wexford and Bregenz. Roles he performed includeJochanaan SALOMEAmonasro AIDAKaspar DER FREISCHÜTZEscamillo CARMENScarpiaTOSCA and Sarastro DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE. In November 2001 he sang Amonasro in Tokyo with José Cura as Radames. 

During the 2002/03 season, he performed Telramund LOHENGRIN at the “Teatro Comunale di Bologna” with Maestro Daniele Gatti as well as DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER at Teatro San Carlo Napoli.

 2003/04 he made his debuts as Wanderer SIEGFRIED at the “Gran Teatro del Liceu” Barcelona under Bertrand de Billy in a production of Prof. Harry Kupfer. 

2004/05 followed the role-debut of Wotan DIE WALKÜRE at Breslau`s “Jahrhunderthalle” in a production of Prof. Hans-Peter Lehmann. Later he repeated the role of DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER at “Teatro dell`Opera di Roma” and Telramund LOHENGRIN at “TeatroVerdi Trieste”. At the “Oper-Köln” he sang Don Pizarro FIDELIO and in July Amonasro in a new production ofAIDA at the “Savonlinna-Opera-Festival” with Michele Crider in the titrole. 

2006/07: new production of SALOME at  “Lithuanian National Opera Vilnius” (director: David Alden), LOHENGRIN in Aachen,role-debut of  John Claggart BILLY BUDD (director: Willy Decker) at the Operahouse Köln, Jesus in Bach`s ST.JOHN`S PASSION(director: Robert Wilson) in Vilnius and Wotan  DIE WALKÜRE at the "Festivals of Ravenna"and"Ravello", 

2007/08: DEAD MAN WALKING(director:Nicolaus Lehnhoff) at “Theater an der Wien” SALOMEand DIE WALKÜRE,debut as Lindorf,Coppélius,Dr.Miracle+Dapertutto in a new production of THE TALES OF HOFFMANN and Scarpia TOSCA at the “Teatro National de Sao Carlos Lisboa" 

2008-10 DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER in Bergen(production:Francsca Zambello) JochanaanSALOME at The IsraeliOperaTelAviv, John Claggart BILLY BUDD at Teatro Abao Bilbao,from the international press highly praised role debut as Hans Sachs DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERGfor the 100.aniversary of Theater Hildesheim (production:Prof.Hans-Peter Lehmann) 

2010/11 Wotan DIE WALKÜRE NationalOpera Vilnius,Don Pizarro FIDELIO at Opernfestspiele Heideheim,Hans Sachs DIE MEISTERSINGER at Landestheater Linz,Jochanaan SALOME at TeatroVerdi Trieste,

 2010/11 Wotan WALKÜRE Vilnius, TrinityMoses RISE AND FALL OF THE CITY OF MAHAGONNYat TheIsraeliOperaTelAviv,DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER at TeatroWielkiWarsaw (production:MariuszTrelinski,conductor:Rani Calderon)

 2012/13 : AIDA (Amonasro) at Royal Operahouse Muscat (Oman) with Lucrecia Garcia as Aida (production: Roberto Laganà Manoli,conductor: Patrick Fournillier) BILLY BUDD (John Claggart) - first performance of that opera in Russia -at Mikhailovsky Theater St.Petersburg, conductor: Mikhail Tatarnikov,production:WillyDecker 

DER  FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER at TeatroWielki Warszawa, conductor: Andreiy Yurkevych, production: Mariusz Trelinski.New production of DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER at Mikhailovsky Theater St.Petersburg, conductor:Vasily Petrenko,production:Vera Nemirova

2013/14 SALOME (Jochanaan) under Pinchas Steinberg, debut at State Opera Budapest, followed by AIDA (Amonasro)



1989 first price at the “Young Artists Competition” sponsored by the Philip Morris Company

1992 second price in the “Opera Singers Competition” of “Staatsoper Hannover”

1995 “O.E.Hasse Award” for outstanding stage-performers.

In April 2015 Johannes von Duisburg was awardet with the honorary artistic title "Kammersänger"             



with Monserrat Caballé
CD recordings: DIE ÄGYPTISCHE HELENA (Strauss) Altair

AIDA (Verdi) Amonasro

CARMEN (Bizet) Escamillo