2015–16 Season: Philip II in Don Carlo
Grammy-Award winner René Pape, one of the leading international basses, returns to San Francisco Opera following his 2001 performances as An Old Hebrew in Samson et Dalila and Veit Pogner in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. Pape received his musical education in his native city Dresden and made his debut while still a student in 1988 at the Berlin State Opera, where he has been a member ever since. Roles in his repertoire include King Marke (Tristan und Isolde), King Heinrich (Lohengrin), Wotan (Das Rheingold and Die Walküre), Fasolt (Das Rheingold), Hundig (Die Walküre), Gurnemanz (Parisfal), Rocco (Fidelio), Ramfis (Aida), Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte), Leporello (Don Giovanni), Philip II (Don Carlos), Orest (Elektra), Méphistophélès (Faust) and the title roles in Le Nozze di Figaro, Boris Godunov, and Don Giovanni. He has appeared at all the major opera houses and concert halls in Europe, Japan, and the U.S. in addition to the festivals of Bayreuth, Glyndebourne, Lucerne, Orange, Salzburg, St. Petersburg White Nights, and Verbier.
He has made television appearances, recordings and DVDs, among others on the BMG, EMI, DGG and TELDEC labels under conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Sir Colin Davis, James Levine, Sir Georg Solti, Antonio Pappano, and Valery Gergiev.