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Otto Katzameier’s repertoire, which ranges from classic opera, to oratorio and Lied, to contemporary music, reflects his striking versatility. In particular, his brilliant interpretations of the works of Salvatore Sciarrino have received great acclaim.

Otto Katzameier studied singing in his hometown of Munich with Josef Metternich and Hans Hotter. He soon began to win prizes at many prestigious competitions, such as the Mastersinger Competition Nuremberg, Mozart Competition Würzburg, Hugo Wolf Competition Stuttgart, and the Bundeswettbewerb Gesang Berlin.

In recent years, he has performed many major operatic roles. These include Don Giovanni, Leporello, Guglielmo and Alfonso (Cosí fan tutte, Rheingau Musik Festival), Mustafa (L’Italiana in Algeri), and Imeneo (Handel Festival Halle). His guest performance in Offenbach’s Bluebeard at the Bregenz Festival has been particularly celebrated. His concert repertoire contains such works as Elija, Messiah, Saul, St. Matthew Passion, and the requiems of Brahms and Verdi.

Otto Katzameier’s dedication to contemporary music theatre is evident in the wide range of roles he has taken on, such as Prospero (Un Re in Ascolto by Berio), Landarzt (Ein Landarzt by Henze), Egäus (Berenice by Staud), Macbeth (Macbeth by Sciarrino), Dominique (Freax by Eggert), and Pope Urban VIII (Galilée by Jarrell). Otto Katzameier has worked together with prominent stage directors Achim Freyer, Willy Decker, Trisha Brown, Christoph Schlingensief, Stefan Herheim, and Nicolas Brieger. Opera productions have led him to the Salzburg Festival, Wiener Festwochen, Berliner Festspiele, and Biennale Munich as well as to Rome, Frankfurt, Paris, New York, Venice, Tokyo, Warsaw, Amsterdam, Brussels, Madrid, and Tel Aviv.

CD-recordings of Luci mie traditrici and the cycle of orchestral songs Quaderno di Strada – dedicated to Otto Katzameier himself – with the Klangforum Vienna, Beat Furrer, and Sylvain Cambreling, demonstrate his intense interest in Sciarrino’s work. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung nominated Otto Katzameier for “Singer of the Year” in 2006 for his interpretation of the Prince in Sciarrino’s opera Da Gelo a Gelo (world premiere at the Schwetzinger Schlossfestspiele). Further performances of the opera followed at the Opéra national de Paris and at the Grand Théâtre de Genève. He received enthusiastic international reviews for his interpretation of Lars in Georg Friedrich Haas’ opera Melancholia (world premiere at the Opéra National de Paris in 2008). In 2009, he appeared in Frank Martin’s Le Vin Herbé, produced by the RuhrTriennale at the Opéra de Lyon, as well as at the Salzburg Festival for the concert series Kontinent Varèse in collaboration with Ensemble Modern. In addition, he sang the title role in the 2009 recording of Haydn’s Singspiel Die Feuersbrunst (The Conflagration). Also in 2009, Otto Katzameier made his Wagner-debut as Wolfram in Tannhäuser at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma.

His close collaboration with Klangforum Wien brought him to Berlin in March 2010 for MaerzMusik, where he wowed audiences with his performance in Sciarrino’s Luci mie traditrici. Also in 2010, he gave his debut with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin at the Ultraschall Festival, appeared at the Muziekgebouw Amsterdam with musikFabrik, and sang in the world premiere of Philipp Maintz’s opera Maldoror at the Munich Biennale. Otto Katzameier opened the Teatro Madrid’s 2010/2011 season with Kurt Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (direction: La Fura dels Baus) and returned later in the season to play the main role in the world premiere of Pilar Juardo’s La página en blanco. He also sang in the successful world premiere of Georg Friedrich Haas‘ opera Bluthaus at the Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele 2011. In September 2011, the opera will be performed at the Theater Bonn. He can also be heard this season in the Teatro Real production of Weill’s Mahagonny at the Bolshoi-Theater in Moscow and with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo in a premiere of a new work by Philipp Maintz.

Season 2011/12