Josef Wagner



The Austrian bass-baritone Josef Wagner studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.

 Since his debut at the Salzburg Festival in 2006 in Mozart's La Finta Semplice he has worked as a freelance singer. He regularly gives guest performances at important opera houses such as the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Staatsoper Stuttgart, the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Finnish National Opera, Toronto, Opéra de Nice, Antwerp, Marseille, Dijon, Israeli Opera Tel Aviv, Opera Ireland and the Volksoper Wien.

 Josef Wagner is also a sought-after concert singer whose repertoire ranges from Passion settings of the Baroque to the classical and romantic oratorios of Haydn and Mendelssohn and to contemporary works.

 Josef Wagner has continuously developed into the dramatic baritone repertoire and sang his first Jochanaan in 2013 alongside Nina Stemme in Stockholm with great success. This was followed by his acclaimed debuts as Eugene Onegin in Helsinki and as Flying Dutchman at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Most recently he celebrated successes as the ruler (Wunder der Heliane) at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, as Dutchman in Malmö, as Count (Capriccio) at the Teatro Real Madrid and again as Jochanaan in Stuttgart and Mandryka (Arabella). After Athanael (Thais) at Theater an der Wien, he debuted his first Kurwenal (Tristan und Isolde) at the prestigious Aix-en-Provence festival in summer 2021 and his first Wotan (Rheingold) in Bern with great success.

 Projects in the current season include: Spielmann (Königskinder) in Amsterdam, Mandryka (Arabella) at Teatro Real Madrid and the title role in “Der Fliegender Holländer” in Vienna.



Composer Work Role
BIZET Carmen Escamillo
F. DAVID Christophe Colomb Christophe Colomb
DEBUSSY Pélléas et Mélisande Golaud
DONIZETTI Don Pasquale Malatesta
DONIZETTI L’Elisir d’amore Dulcamara
GOUNOD Faust Mephisto
HUMPERDINCK Hänsel und Gretel Peter Besenbinder
KORNGOLD Das Wunder der Heliane Der Herrscher
LORTZING Zar und Zimmermann Peter der Erste*
MASSENET Thais Athanaël
MOZART Bastien und Bastienne Colas
MOZART Così fan tutte Don Alfonso / Guglielmo
MOZART Le Nozze di Figaro Figaro/Graf
MOZART La Finta semplice Don Cassandro
MOZART La Clemenza di Tito Publio
MOZART Don Giovanni Don Giovanni/Leporello
MOZART Die Zauberflöte Papageno, Sprecher
OFFENBACH Hoffmans’Erzählungen Lindorf / Coppelius /Miracle    
PUCCINI La Bohème Marcello
ROSSINI La Cenerentola Alidoro
ROSSINI Il Turco in Italia  Don Geronio
ROSSINI Il Viaggio à Reims  Lord Sydney
ROSSINI Semiramide Assur
ROSSINI Otello Elmiro
J. STRAUSS Die Fledermaus Frank
R. STRAUSS Salome Jochanaan
R. STRAUSS Ariadne auf Naxos Musiklehrer
R. STRAUSS Capriccio Graf
R. STRAUSS Die Frau ohne Schatten  Barak
R. STRAUSS Arabella Mandryka
STRAWINSKI The Rake’s Progress Nick Shadow
TCHAIKOVSKY Eugen Onegin Eugen Onegin
VERDI La Forza del Destino Fra Melitone
VERDI Il Trovatore Ferrando
WAGNER De Fliegende Holländer Holländer
WAGNER Götterdämmerung Alberich/Gunther
WAGNER Lohengrin Telramund*
WAGNER Ring Wotan/Wanderer*
    *in preparation