Polish born baritone Andrzej Dobber is one of the leading Verdi baritones of our day and has been heard in most of the great international theaters such as the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala Milan, Opera Bastille, Paris, Teatro Comunale, Firenze, Netherlands Opera, Semperoper Dresden, Staatsoper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper, Vienna State Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Gran Teatro del Liceu, Barcelona, as well as at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and many others. Especially praised for his portrayal of the title role in Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra, in recent seasons Dobber has sung this role at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, at the Berlin State Opera (both times under the musical leadership of Daniel Barenboim) at the Vienna State Opera, and in Toulouse. He has been also won great acclaim for his performances in Verdi’s Macbeth, Rigoletto, La Traviata, Un Ballo in Maschera, Luisa Miller and Aida. Dobber’s wide repertoire also includes roles such as Scarpia in Tosca, Amfortas in Parsifal, Jochanaan in Salome as well as the title roles in Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov and and Symanowski’s King Roger. Future projects also include his debut as Doge Foscari in Hamburg’s new production of Verdi’s I Due Foscari, as well as his first assumption of the title role in Wagner’s Der Fliegende Hollaender in Marseille.
Andrzej Dobber began his 2012/2013 season in the title role of the Hamburg State Opera’s new production of Borodin’s Prince Igor. He will sing Rigoletto at the Chicago Lyric Opera at the Deutsche Oper Berlin’s new production of the work. Dobber will sing two roles in Verona this season, appearing first as Macbeth in concert performances at the Teatro Filarmonico and then returning as Amonasro in the new Aida which opens the 2013 Summer Festival. He will return to the Vienna State Opera in the title role of Nabucco, and will also sing Amfortas in Parsifal in Hamburg. Dobber will then appear as Rigoletto and Amonasro at the Zurich Opera and as Boccanegra in Lyon.
Andrzej Dobber completed his musical studies at the Conservatory of Krakow and at the Nuernberg Conservatory. After winning several international competitions, he began his career as a basso cantante at Nuernberg Opera, then under Music Director of Christian Thielemann. After making the change into the baritone repertoire, Dobber joined the ensemble of the Frankfurt Opera for three seasons. He subsequently began to make guest appearances with companies including the Cologne Opera, Oper der Stadt Koeln, Grand Theatre du Capitole, Toulouse, Komische Oper Berlin, Opera de Montpellier and at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich. He was then invited by Riccardo Muti to appear at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan and on tour in Japan in the productions of Rigoletto, Il Trovatore and La Forza del Destino. He was also heard at the Teatro Comunale in Florence in the new production of Tosca under Zubin Mehta and then appeared there as Ezio in Attila, Macbeth and Di Luna.
In the fall of 2007 Andrzej Dobber made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Amonasro in Aida. He has since returned each season as Stankar in Stiffelio and as Germont in the new production of La Traviata. In recent seasons, Dobber has won special praise for his performances of the title roles of Macbeth and Simon Boccanegra at the Netherlands Opera, for his first Iago in the new production of Otello at the Semperoper in Dresden and for his portrayal of Rigoletto in Paris. In May 2007 Dobber made his debut at the Glyndebourne Festival in a new production of Macbeth. The following season he added two new Verdi roles to his repertoire; appearing as Miller in Luisa Miller with the Opera de Paris and as Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera with the Netherlands Opera. He also made his debut at Opera House, Covent Garden as Germont. Other past engagements have included Aida at the Berlin State Opera, Theatre Royale de la Monnaie in Brussels, Rigoletto in his native Warsaw and Macbeth in Hamburg. In July of 2008, Dobber made his debut at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg in the title role in Szymanowski’s King Roger under Valery Gergiev. He made his debut at the 2008 Edinburgh Festival in the Mariinsky production as well. Dobber made his Los Angeles Opera debut in 2008 as Germont and has also recently been heard in this role in Berlin and Hamburg, and Amsterdam. Dobber sang his Kurvenal in Tristan und Isolde in Glyndebourne under Vladimir Jurowski and then appeared as Amfortas in Parsifal in Hamburg, where he also sang his first Jochanaan in Salome.