Stefan Vinke

Vinke was born in 1967 in Georgsmarienhütte.

Originally an organ player, he studied voice with Edda Moser at the Cologne academy of music and was hired by the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe in 1993, as a comprimario.

He then moved to Krefeld-Mönchengladbach, performing Tony (West Side Story), Beppe (Pagliacci), Erster Geharnischter (Zauberflöte), Hoffmann (Les contes d'Hoffmann) and Erik (Fliegender Holländer).

In 1996, as he began specializing in heldentenor unfortunately roles, he received a scholarship from Bayreuth.

From 1999, he sang with the Nationaltheater Mannheim for six seasons as first heroic tenor, making his US debut with the opera company of Philadelphia as Bacchus.

He sang his first Tristan in Halle in 2004, and his first Siegfried in Cologne, and in 2005/06, he was engaged by the Leipzig opera to sing the lead tenor roles in all their Wagner productions.

He went on to sing young Siegfried in Leipzig, Venice, Lisbon, Cologne, Berlin, Salzburg, London, Seattle, Shanghai, ...

In summer 2008, he sang his first Tannhäuser at the Eutin Festival, and in 2009 sang his first Siegfried in Götterdämmerung at La Fenice, then in Lisbon.

The following year, after singing Tristan in Cologne and Lohengrin in both Stuttgart and Leipzig, Vinke undertook Siegfried in the complete Ring cycles in Cologne and Berlin, and he completed his Wagner repertoire with Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in Leipzig.

His repertory included: Paul (Die tote Stadt), Tristan, Florestan, Parsifal, Lohengrin, Siegmund, Erik, Idomeneo, José,, Hoffmann, Bacchus, Un emigrante (Intolleranza), Andrea Ché,nier, Jim Mahony, Max, both Siegfrieds, Erik, Rienzi, Walther von Stolzing, Tannhäuser, Siegmund, Alviano (Die Gezeichneten), Erik, Assad, ...

Opernwelt: 'Best young singer of the year', 2000
Stefan Vinke sings Die tote Stadt: O Freund, ich werde sie nicht wiedersehn, with Stephen Genz

Stefan Vinke sings Siegfried: Nothung! Nothung! ... Schmiede, mein Hammer ... So schneidet Siegfrieds Schwert, with Gerhard Siegel

In the past, people used to make fun of Beirer and Hopf. What would they say about Vinke? Even Windgassen was so much better that this new generation of so-called heldentenors.

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