In the 2023/24 season, baritone Björn Bürger will make his debut in the role of “Heerrufer des Königs” in Wagner’s Lohengrin at De Nationale Opera Amsterdam and will also be heard as “Papageno” at Opéra de Lausanne and at State Opera Stuttgart, where he will also embody the role of “Bill” in the new production of K. Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny.
Björn Bürger made his house debut at Zurich Opera House in 2023 as “Frédéric” in Delibes’ Lakmé, where he also was heard as “Gaveston” and “Fremdling” in a new production of George Benjamin’s opera Lessons in Love and Violence. He has made several guest appearances as “Lescaut” in Massenet’s opera Manon Lescaut and “Dr. Falke” in Strauss’ Fledermaus at the Hamburg State Opera and has already created roles such as “Figaro”, “Conte Almaviva”, “Papageno”, “Dr. Falke”, “Don Giovanni”, “Marquis von Posa” and “Belcore” in new productions of Verdi’s Don Carlos and Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore at his home company – the Stuttgart State Opera, where he has been a member of the ensemble since 2019.
In recent seasons Björn Bürger has appeared as “Prince Andreï Bolkonski” in Prokofiev’s War and Peace at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, “Guglielmo” in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte at the Opéra national du Rhin, “Der Barbier” in R. Strauss Die schweigsame Frau and “Dr. Falke” at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, “Don Giovanni” and “Conte Almaviva” in the Mozart/Da Ponte Trilogia at the Brussels Opera House La Monnaie/De Munt, “Papageno” at the Opéra national de Paris, “Don Giovanni” at the Norwegian Opera in Oslo, “Figaro” in Il Barbiere di Siviglia; “Harlequin” in Ariadne auf Naxos and “Papageno” in Mozart’s Magic Flute at the Glyndebourne Festival, “Figaro” at the Staatsoper unter den Linden, “Dr. Falke” at the Opéra national de Paris, “Falke” at Volksoper Wien as well as the Opéra de Lausanne, “Wolfram von Eschenbach” at De Nationale Opera Amsterdam and as “Figaro” in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Semperoper Dresden.
After his studies at the Frankfurt State Conservatory with Prof. Hedwig Fassbender, he was ensemble member from 2013-2018 at Opera Frankfurt, where he interpreted “Billy Budd”, “Georg” in Arnulf Herrmanns Der Mieter, “Harlekin” in Ariadne auf Naxos, “Papageno” in Die Zauberflöte, “Conte Almaviva” in Le nozze di Figaro, “Frank” and “Fritz” in Die tote Stadt, “Dandini” in La Cenerentola, the title role in Britten’s “Owen Wingrave” as well as “Pelléas” in Pelléas et Mélisande.
He won first prize at the Bundeswettbewerb Gesang, is first prize winner of the Emmerich-Smola Competition and first prize winner of the Anneliese-Rothenberger Competition.