Matthias Klink

Tenor Matthias Klink studied in his home city of Stuttgart at the University of Music and Performing Arts, where he was taught by Luisa Bosabalian and Carl Davis, and at the Indiana School of Music in Bloomington/USA. In 1995, he became a member of the Cologne Opera Studio and then joined the ensemble after only one year. There he sang lyrical tenor roles, such as Mozart’s Tamino and Ferrando as well as Fenton in Falstaff and he has been singing the them as a freelancer in Europe’s top opera houses ever since 1998. Matthias Klink has given guest performances at, amongst others, the State Operas in Hamburg, Berlin, Vienna and Munich, the Semper Opera in Dresden, the Deutsche Oper and Komische Oper in Berlin, the Teatro Real Madrid, La Scala in Milan and Barcelona.

He gained international recognition in 1998 for his performance in the “Entführung aus dem Serail” directed by Hans Neuenfels in the Stuttgart State Opera – the production is documented on DVD – and he has remained closely associated with the company right up to the present day. The roles as Belmonte and Tamino in “Die Zauberflöte” have belonged to his signature roles ever since. He has performed them at the Schwetzingen Festival, in the Festspielhaus concert hall in Baden-Baden, at the Ruhrtriennale festival and at the Festival Aix en Provence under conductors such as Christoph von Dohnányi, Thomas Hengelbrock, Marc Minkowski and James Conlon. Since making his Salzburg debut in 1999 in the world premiere of Luciano Berio’s Cronaca del Luogo, Matthias Klink has also sung Tamino there in addition to the roles as Arbace (Idomeneo), Alfred (Fledermaus) and Don Polidoro in Mozart’s La finta semplice in 2006.

In the 2007/08 season, he appeared in three major new roles: Matteo (Arabella) at the Hamburg State Opera, Idomeneo in Stuttgart and Erik in the “Fliegenden Holländer” at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin. His latest debuts as Tamino and Matteo (Arabella) have taken him to the Vienna State Opera and, in September 2009, to the Metropolitan Opera in New York – also as Tamino. Recently in Stuttgart, Matthias Klink could be seen as Lenski (Eugen Onegin) and Kudrjasch (Katja Kabanova). In winter 2009, he performed Hoffmann to great acclaim in Cologne. It was a new role in his repertoire – like Don José this year.
He also enjoyed big success at the 2010 Salzburg Festival playing a guest/Apollo in the world premiere of Wolfgang Rihm’s “Dionysos” under Ingo Metzmacher and the direction of Pierre Audi. In October 2010, he will sing the cavalier in a new production of Hindemith’s “Cardillac” at the Vienna State Opera.

During his career, Matthias Klink has worked with conductors like Georges Prêtre, Kirill Petrenko, Simone Young, Ulf Schirmer, Riccardo Muti, Franz Welser-Möst, Sylvain Cambreling and Manfred Honeck. Alongside his stage appearances, Matthias Klink is also in great demand for concert performances and lied recitals.