Franz Hawlata

Franz Hawlata was born in the Bavarian town of Eichstätt where he began his musical training. He completed his studies at the Musikhochschule in Munich under the guidance of Ernst Haefliger, Hans Hotter and Erik Werba and by the late 80s had won several competitions and made his professional debut at Munich’s Gärtnerplatztheater. His international career began shortly thereafter with engagements in Lyon, San Francisco and Amsterdam.

In the 1993/94 season Franz Hawlata sang Baron Ochs in Der Rosenkavalier with Welsh National Opera, a production which launched him onto the next stage of his career and a role which became one of his great calling cards of the next decade. Franz sang this role for his debut at the Metropolitan Opera (1994/95) as well as at the Vienna State Opera, l’Opera National de Paris, Covent Garden, the Salzburg Festival, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, San Francisco Opera, and with both the Met and the Vienna State Opera in Japan.

Since the early 90s, Franz Hawlata has enjoyed a close relationship with the Staatsoper in Vienna where he has now sung over 200 performances including, in addition to Baron Ochs, Sarastro, Rocco, Jokanaan, Kaspar, Leporello, Figaro, Wozzeck, Orest, Papageno and Daland.

Franz Hawlata sang his first Hans Sachs (Die Meistersinger) with Zubin Mehta at the Maggio Musicale in Florence in the 2003/04 season.

Over the past seasons, Franz Hawlata has made many major débuts: at the Paris Bastille (Mahagonny), Covent Garden (Leporello), Salzburg Festival (Osmin), Paris Chatelet (Rossignol), Liceu Barcelona (Wozzeck) and Lyric Opera of Chicago (Daland). Return productions followed: at the Met (Rigoletto), Bastille (Rusalka, Wozzeck, Capriccio), Covent Garden (Rusalka), Lyric Opera of Chicago (Der Rosenkavalier) and the Salzburg Festival (Cosi fan tutte, Don Giovanni).

Recent engagements have included Rosenkavalier in Birmingham with Andris Nelsons and in Washington D.C. with Christoph Eschenbach, Wozzeck and Lohengrin in Madrid, Schweigsame Frau in Munich, Zauberflöte and Fidelio in Liège, Daland/Flying Dutchmann in Peking, Zaccaria/Nabucco at Tiroler Festival and Bartoks Bluebird in Straßburg.

At the moments his projects are Verdi-Jerusalem in Bonn, Strauss-Capriccio in Paris, Rosenkavalier with Boston Symphony/Andris Nelsons, Verdi-Atilla in Bonn, Puccini-Manon Lescaut at Berlin State Opera, Rimski-Korsakov-La fille du neige in Paris, Fidelio in Vienna & Luxembourg, Candide at Komische Oper Berlin, Schweigsame Frau & Fledermaus at Bavarian State Opera in Munich and Rosenkavalier in Bogota & Bonn.

Rocco/Leonore (with Gardiner on DG Archiv). Water Spirit/Rusalka (with Mackerras on Decca). Franz Schmidt’s Buch mit sieben Siegeln (with Harnoncourt on Teldec-Warner). Loewe’s Three Wishes, Spohr’s Faust; Nicolai’s Merry Wives of Windsor and Marschner’s Vampyr as well as solo recordings of German opera arias, an all-Verdi programme as well as Lieder by Carl Loewe (all with Capriccio). Ochs/Rosenkavalier with Fleming/Thielemann on DVD for Deutsche Gramophone.

Stefan Schmerbeck Artists Management. 6/2018