Whether for his celebrated appearances as Wozzeck at La Scala, Milan or his interpretations of the Bach cantatas with Luca Pianca, baritone Georg Nigl consistently inspires audiences and press alike with his passionate, authentic performances.
His close connection to music began during his childhood as a treble soloist with the Vienna Boys’ Choir and continued in his studies with Kammersängerin Hilde Zadek.
Georg Nigl now performs regularly at all the leading opera houses, including the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, the Berlin State Opera, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, La Monnaie in Brussels and the Dutch National Opera, as well as appearing at festivals such as the Salzburg Festival, the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, the Ruhrtriennale and the Wiener Festwochen.
He has collaborated with renowned conductors including Daniel Barenboim, Teodor Currentzis, Valery Gergiev, Daniel Harding, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, René Jacobs, Kent Nagano, Kirill Petrenko and Simon Rattle and with directors such as Andrea Breth, Romeo Castellucci, Frank Castorf, Hans Neuenfels, Peter Sellars, Johan Simons, Dmitry Tcherniakov and Sasha Waltz.
Georg Nigl’s repertoire covers a broad spectrum, from the Baroque and Viennese classicism to contemporary music. He enjoys a particularly close working relationship with Wolfgang Rihm, having sung his chamber opera Jakob Lenz with great success in Brussels, Stuttgart and Berlin. Wolfgang Rihm has dedicated two song cycles to Georg Nigl.
In 2015 Georg Nigl was named singer of the year by Opernwelt magazine and his recording Bach privat with Anna Lucia Richter was awarded the Diapason d’Or in 2017.
Highlights of the 2018/19 season included Papageno (Die Zauberflöte) at La Monnaie, the title role in Monteverdi’s Orfeo and the world premiere of Beat Furrer’s Violetter Schnee at the Berlin State Opera, a staged production by Peter Sellars of Bach’s St John Passion with the Berlin Philharmonic and Simon Rattle, Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro) at the Hamburg State Opera and Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte) at the Stuttgart State Opera. He will also give various recitals and appear in concert in Vienna, Berlin, Munich, Hamburg and Amsterdam.