- Vienna Boys‘ Choir
- Tyrolean State Conservatory
- University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna
- Tiroler Landestheater
- Landestheater Linz
- Volksoper Wien
- Volkstheater Rostock
- Hamburgische Staatsoper
- Festwochen der Alten Musik Innsbruck
- Eugen OneginGremin
- ZauberflöteSarastro u. Sprecher
- Die FledermausFrank
- Carmen Escamillo
- La BohèmeColline
The young Austrian bass Florian Spiess gained his first musical experience in the boys choir of Wilten, before he became a soprano soloist with the Vienna Boys’ Choir from 1990-1994. After finishing high school and military service (where he trained to be a military pilot and had aerobatic flight lessons), Florian started voice lessons at the Tyrolean Conservatory with Karlheinz Hanser. During his studies he participated in various productions (among others as Sky Masterson in F. Loessers’ “Guys and Dolls”, as Leporello in “Don Giovanni” and as Cinderella’s Prince and Wolf in Steven Sondheims “Into the Woods”) and had various engagements at the Tiroler Landestheater (for example as Flemish deputy in Verdi’s “Don Carlo”).
After a master course with Robert Holl, Florian Spiess followed his teacher Karlheinz Hanser to Vienna and continued his studies at the Vienna Music University with in 2005. During that year, he also had a scholarship from the German-Austrian Richard Wagner Foundation.
In 2006, Brigitte Fassbaender engaged the young bass to sing the 1st Soldier in Richard Strauss’ “Salome” in Innsbruck. In 2007 he sang Osmin in Mozart’s “Abduction from the Seraglio” at the opera festival of Heidenheim (Germany). That same year, Eva Wagner-Pasquier chose Florian for the Académie du Festival d’ Aix-en-Provence, where he also had a chance to work with Mark Minkowski.
Also in 2007 he was a soloist in the framework of the Innsbruck Festival for Early Music” in the project “Dresden Surround” under the baton of Konrad Junghänel and participated in the ensemble of Telemann’s “Patient Socrates” which was also performed in the State Opera Unter den Linden in Berlin. In 2008 he sang the role of Bonzo in the Indian First performance of “Madama Butterfly” in Mumbai, as well as the role of Osmin (“Abduction from the Seraglio”) in the “Chamber Opera Schloss Rheinsberg”.
In 2009/10, Florian Spiess was a member of the Landestheater Linz where he sang Silvano in Cavallis “La Calisto” and Figaro in “Le Nozze di Figaro”, Crespel, Hermann and Schlemihl in “Les Contes d’Hoffmann” and Jupiter in “Platée”. From 2010-2013, he was a member of the Volksoper Wien where he sang in “The Magic flute”, “Tosca”, “Turandot” and „Rigoletto“.
The season 2012/13 took Florian to the Opera of Rostock where he convinced his audience as Bartolo (Barbiere di Siviglia), Frank (The Bat), Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte), Zaccaria (Nabucco) and the bass part in the Verdi Requiem. He also returned to the Volksoper on a guest contract.
From 2013-15, he was a member of the ensemble of Hamburg State Opera where he sang roles like Raymondo in Haendel‘s »Almira«, Zuniga in »Carmen«, Priest/Badger in »The Cunning Little Vixen« and the Speaker of the Temple/Second Armoured Man in »The Magic Flute«, Biterolf in Tannhäuser, Il Re in “Aida” and Colline in “La Bohème”. He also returned to Rostock as a guest, singing Zaccaria during the season 2013/14. In summer 2014 he performed Raymondo (Almira) under the baton of Alessandro di Marchi in the Innsbruck Festival for Early Music. In 2015 he also sang the role of Sarastro in the Magic Flute, with the Lautten Compagney in Würzburg and returned to Heidenheim as Banquo in “Macbeth”.
The season 2015/16 sees him return to the Hamburgische Staatsoper to sing Black Bob, the sweep master, in Benjamin Britten’s opera for children “The Little Sweep”, Basilio in “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” under Markus Bosch in Heidenheim, Timur in “Turandot” at the Tyrolean Landestheater Innsbruck and Bellone and Alvar in “Les Indes Galantes” by J. Ph. Rameau at the State Theatre of Nuremberg, as Lord Syndham in “Zar und Zimmermann” in Rostock and as Figaro in “Le nozze di Figaro” at the Staatsoperette Dresden.
In the 2016/2017 season he sang the Figaro in “Le nozze di Figaro” at the Staatsoperette Dresden with great success. He appeared in two new productions at the Staatstheater Kassel in the 2017/2018 season: In “Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor” and in “The Rake’s Progress”, as well as in a revival of “Zauberflöte”. At the Staatsoperette Dresden he sang again the Figaro in “Die Hochzeit des Figaro”.
The new season started for Florian Spiess with the role of Marco in “Mala vita” by Umberto Giordano at the Theater Gießen.
- Carmen Zuniga (dt./fr.)
- Albert Herring Mister Budd
- Peter Grimes Hobson
- La Calisto Silvano
- Lucrezia Borgia Gubetta
- Kepler Bass
HÄndel, Georg Friedrich
- Almira Raymondo
Henze, Hans Werner
- Das Wundertheater Benito Repollo
- Das schlaue Füchslein Pfarrer/Dachs
- Evangelimann Friedrich Aibler
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
- Entführung aus dem Serail
- Le Nozze di Figaro
- Don Giovanni
- Hoffmanns Erzählungen Hermann
- Hoffmanns Erzählungen Crespel
- La BohemeToscaTurandotMadama ButerflyGianni SchicchiLa Fanciulla del West CollineAngelotti (dt./ital.)TimurBonzoBetto von Signa (dt.)Spinelloccio (dt.)Jake Wallace
- Platee Jupiter
- Salome 1. Soldat
- Salome 2. Soldat
- Salome Nazarener (studiert)
- Salome Jochanaan (studiert)
- Die Fledermaus Frank
- La TraviataRigolettoNabuccoUn Ballo in MascheraAida Baron DoupholMarquis d'ObignySparafucile (dt./ital.)Ceprano (dt.)ZaccariaSam/HornIl ReRamphis
- Lohengrin 4. Edler
- Walküre Hunding (studiert)
- Tannhäsuer Biterolf
- König Kandaules Koch