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Johann Tilli

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Johann Tilli has been a regular guest at both the Helsinki’s Finnish National Opera where he has sung Fafner/Siegfried, Fasolt, Hunding and Grand Inquisitor, and at the Savonlinna Opera Festival where he has sung Sarastro, Banquo, Landgraf, Ramphis and the Judge in Salinnen’s The Horseman, which in the 2006/2007 season was also taken on tour to Moscow.

Johann Tilli commenced his international career as a contract artist in Hamburg where he built up a wide and varied repertoire of Wagner, Verdi, Beethoven and Mozart roles before performing as a guest artist in many of Europe’s main opera houses; in Berlin at both the Deutsche Oper and Staatsoper, at Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper, in Köln, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf and Zurich as well as in Madrid, Barcelona, Rome, Montpellier, Amsterdam, Brussels and Tel Aviv. In 1995, Johann made his Tokyo debut in Tannhäuser, and appeared for 5 consecutive years at the Bayreuth Festival as Fasolt.


Recent season highlights include Johann’s portrayal of Alban Berg’s Doktor in a new production of Wozzeck by Calixto Bieito in a co-production between Barcelona’s Liceu and Madrid’s Teatro Real, his first Hagen/Goetterdaemmerung in Linz, Tannhäuser in Barcelona, Die Walkure in Garmisch and Stuttgart, and a highly acclaimed Die Soldaten in New York, a co-production between Ruhr Triennale and the Lincoln Center Festival. Last season saw Johann return to Barcelona in Tiefland as well as Tannhauser at Madrid’s Teatro Real.


Since 1998 Johann Tilli has been a guest artist at the Semperoper Dresden where he has sung Rocco, Sarastro, Ramphis, König Heinrich, König Louis, Landgraf, Pogner, Fasolt, Zaccaria, Daland, Hunding and Gurnemanz.

As a concert artist, Johann Tilli has performed regularly throughout Europe and America and has worked with such esteemed conductors as
Wolfgang Sawallisch, Claudio Abbado, Nicholas Harnoncourt, Semyon Bychkov, Sir Andrew Davis, the late Giuseppe Sinopoli, Jeffrey Tate und Christian Thielemann.His repertoire includes works by Bach, Berlioz, Rossini, Verdi, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Haydn and Dvorak.


Johann Tilli has recorded with Deutsche Grammophon, Bis, Sony Classical, Finlandia Records, Orfeo and Capriccio.


Last season Johann Tilli appeared in two new productions at the Stuttgart Opera: as Gurnemanz in Wagner’s Parsifal by Calixto Bieito and conducted by Manfred Honeck and as Dikoj in Janacek’s Katya Kabanova by Jossi Wieler/Sergio Morabito and conducted by Michael Schonwandt in addition to appearances at the Opera in Las Palmas as Daland/Flying Dutchman and as Pogner/Die Meistersinger at the Cincinatti Opera.