Thomas Ebenstein

Thomas Ebenstein


„Thomas Ebenstein as Mime in Rheingold was one of the highlights of the entire season“ (Opernmagazin) - „The best performance of the evening came from Thomas Ebenstein as Mime. Unlike some other 'character tenors' he always maintained the vocal line, avoiding excessively shrill sounds and, also visually, refraining from caricatural grimacing." (Opernglas): Tenor Thomas Ebenstein has established himself as one of the most fascinating artists of the character tenor Fach. Being a member of the Vienna Staatsoper ensemble, he also regularly appears on many of the world's leading stages.

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Thomas Ebenstein was born in Carinthia/Austria in 1979 and studied singing with Helena Łazarska at the Vienna University of Music and Dramatic Arts. Since the beginning of the 2012/13 season he is a member of the Vienna State Opera. From 2003 to 2012 the tenor was a member of the Berlin Komische Oper.

Guest appearances have brought him repeatedly to the Metropolitan Opera New York, Milano's Teatro alla Scala, Bavarian State Opera, Berlin's Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Dresden Semperoper, Staatsoper Hamburg, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Theater an der Wien, to the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, New York's Carnegie Hall, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Berlin Philharmonie, Cologne Philharmonie, Konzerthaus Dortmund, Hamburg's Laeiszhalle, Auditorium di Milano, the Vienna Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Bochum Ruhrtriennale, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Wiener Festwochen, Salzburg Easter Festival, Salzburg Festival, Verbier Festival, Bergen International Festival and Hong Kong Arts Festival.

Thomas Ebenstein has worked with a number of prestigious conductors such as Thomas Adès, Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Chailly, Christoph Eschenbach, Adam Fischer, Daniele Gatti, Marek Janowski, Philippe Jordan, Zubin Metha, Ingo Metzmacher, Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Kirill Petrenko, Sir Simon Rattle, Christian Thielemann and Franz Welser-Möst.

His repertoire includes such roles as Mime (Das Rheingold, Siegfried), Valzacchi (Der Rosenkavalier), Tanzmeister (Ariadne auf Naxos), Shuysky (Boris Godunov), Scrivener (Khovanshchina), Village Drunk (Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District), Bob Boles (Peter Grimes), Caliban (The Tempest), Pedrillo (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) – amongst others at the Salzburg Festival, also published on DVD on Arthaus Musik – David (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Steersman (The Flying Dutchman), Truffaldino (The Love for Three Oranges) and Alfred (The Bat).

In 2018, his debut recording with Lieder from R. Strauss, Schönberg, Zemlinsky and Korngold has been released on Capriccio (Première Portraits).


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