The Austrian bass-baritone Matthias Hoffmann has been a member of the Cologne Opera ensemble since the 2017/18 season and will sing roles such as Figaro in “Le Nozze di Figaro” or Papageno in “Die Zauberflöte” in the 2020/21 season. Important roles of the past years in Cologne were Harašta (“The Cunning Little Vixen”), Collatinus in Britten’s “Rape of Lucretia”, Shaunard in “La bohème” or Zuniga in “Carmen”.
His house debut at the Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck, planned in 2020, as the Brahman priest Nilakantha, in Leo Délibe’s “Lakmé” was postponed to 2021-22 due to the corona crisis.
As a guest, the young singer can also be heard regularly at other opera houses, for example in the years 2017-2019 as Masetto and as Figaro at the Bonn Opera, also as Masetto at the Nederlandse Reisopera or as 1st Soldier in “Salome” at the Theater Krefeld-Mönchengladbach. He had great success in Ludwigsburg as Simon in a staged version of The Seasons by Joseph Haydn and made his debut as a soloist in the Historical Concert Hall in Wuppertal with the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra.
Matthias Hoffmann also is a dedicates concert singer: in 2021 he will make his debut with the L’Orfeo Baroque Orchestra under Michi Gaigg as Caiphas in Telemann’s ” Seliges Erwägen des Leidens und Sterbens Jesu Christi” at the Brucknerhaus Linz. His large repertoire also includes works such as the St. Matthew Passion and the Christmas Oratorio by Johann Sebastian Bach, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, George Frideric Handel’s “Dettinger Te Deum” Joseph Haydn’s “Creation” and “The Seasons”, Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem and Gioachino Rossini’s “Petite messe solennelle”.
He can also be heard regularly as a lied singer, making his debut in the spring of 2019 with Malcolm Martineau in the Pierre Boulez Hall in Berlin, and performing with selected lieder programmes in Bonn, Frankfurt and Cologne. His invitation to the song festival in Zeist with pianist Lisa Ochsendorf also fell victim to the Corona crisis.
From 2015-2017 Matthias Hoffmann was a member of the International Opera Studio of the Cologne Opera. Even before that, while still a student, he had appeared in Eisenstadt as Leporello in “Don Giovanni” and Figaro in “Le Nozze di Figaro” at the Schönbrunn Palace Theatre and in the children’s opera “The Snow Queen”, under the patronage of Anna Netrebko.
The young bass-baritone has attended master classes with KS Brigitte Fassbaender, Helmut Deutsch, Bo Skovhus and Maree Ryan and has won prizes in various competitions, such as the selection game “Musica Juventutis” in the Vienna Konzerthaus, the song selection “Songbook” of the Austrian Radio and winner of the Tyrolean Classic Singer’s Prize 2016.
Matthias Hoffmann was born in Tyrol, Austria, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, where he also completed his Master in Lied and Oratorio with Karlheinz Hanser and Florian Boesch.
Arman, Howard/La Fura dels Baus
- Das Lied der Frauen vom Fluss Bassbariton
- Carmen Zuniga
- The Rape of Lucretia Collatinus
- Lakmé Nilakantha
Händel, Georg Friedrich
- Susanna 2. Edler
- Das schlaue Füchslein Harasta
- My fair Lady Harry
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
- Le Nozze di Figaro Figaro
- Don Giovanni Leporello, Masetto
- Tosca Sciarrone
- King Arthur Grimbald
- Die Gezeichneten Paolo Calvi
- Die Fledermaus Frank
- Die Nachtigall Bonze
- La Traviata Marchese d'Obigny
- Der Vogelhändler Würmchen