Werner Güra 
German tenor Werner Güra, born in Munich, received his musical training at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and completed his vocal studies with Professor Kurt Widmer. His present singing coaches are Nicolai Gedda and Professor Margreet Honig, while he works with Ron Murdock on his Alexander Technique.

Having been a guest numerous times at the opera houses of Frankfurt and Basel, he joined the ensemble of the Semperoper Dresden in 1995 where he sings the Mozart parts of his repertoire. For example, as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), and Ferrando in Così fan tutte, as well as Lindorgo in L'Italiana in Algeri, Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola (Cinderella) and a staged production of Brahms's Liebesliederwalzer. In 1998, Daniel Barenboim first invited Werner Güra to the Staatsoper Berlin, where he now regularly sings in productions. For example, in Der hochmütige, gestürzte und wieder erhabene Croesus by Keiser, Ariadne auf Naxos, Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Belmonte), Così fan tutte and Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Count Almaviva). At the Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden he appeared in the new production of A Midsummernight's Dream (Lysander) and at the Opéra National de Paris he was a guest and performed the role of Tamino in Die Zauberflöte.

From the start of his professional career, Werner Güra aimed to divide his activities equally between opera and concert. He has worked with many orchestras on European concert stages. These include Berliner Philharmonisches Orchester, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Wiener Symphoniker, and the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. He has worked with conductors such as Peter Schreier, Trevor Pinnock, Philippe Herreweghe, René Jacobs, Ton Koopman, Riccardo Chailly, Claudio Abbado, Marek Janowski and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. He toured in Japan singing in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with Philippe Herreweghe and Bach's St John Passion with Michel Corboz. Furthermore he appeared in the Konzerthaus Vienna in Haydn's Die Schöpfung with Adam Fischer, at the Royal Festival Hall London with Kurt Masur and in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam as the Evangelist in St John Passion with Philippe Herreweghe.

For Decca, recordings include Fidelio (Jaquino) with Daniel Barenboim. Under the label of Harmonia Mundi, Werner Güra recorded Telemann's Orpheus, Schumann's Der Rose Pilgerfahrt, Bach's Weihnachtsoratorium and St Matthew Passion (arias), Der hochmütige, gestürzte und wieder erhabene Croesus with René Jacobs (Edison 2002) and Così fan tutte.

Werner Güra is also much appreciated as Lied interpreter and gives recitals at the London Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Lincoln Center New York, the Barcelona Schubertiade and the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, amongst others. In Autumn 2000 Werner Güra's first solo recording was released: Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin for Harmonia Mundi France with pianist Jan Schultsz. This was followed in Autumn 2002 by Schumann's Dichterliebe and Liederkreis also with pianist Jan Schultsz for Harmonia Mundi. Both releases were awarded the Diapason d'Or and the Editor's Choice of Gramophone.

September 2003

On Stage
El amor brujo - Cavalleria RusticanaSunday 8 March
at 15:30
in Teatro Filarmonico
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