Tom Krause, Baritone

Equally successful in the fields of opera, recital, and recording, Finnish Baritone TOM KRAUSE is internationally recognized as one of the greatest vocal  artists today. Throughout his career, Mr.Krause has appeared in leading roles in all the major houses, including La Scala, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Vienna State Opera, Munich Nationaltheater, Paris Opera, as well as the Bastille, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Hamburg State Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, and the Liceo in Barcelona.

He has also appeared in all the Scandinavian countries, singing in Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen, and his native Helsinki. Additional operatic performances have been with the festivals of Bayreuth, Salzburg, Glyndebourne, Edinburgh, Prague, Savonlinna, and Tanglewood.   A frequent guest soloist in concert, the Baritone has been heard with the Atlanta  Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Cleveland Symphony, Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Dresden Staatskapelle, Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig, Houston Symphony, London Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony, National Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, and the Vienna Philharmonic.

Both as a performer and a recording artist, Tom Krause has worked with the most distinguished conductors of our time, including Maestro: V.Ashkenazy, L.Bernstein, R.Bonynge, P.Boulez, C.Dohnanyi, A.Dorati, C.Dutoit, C.Eschenbach, B.Haitink, H.von Karajan, Kertesz, E.Leinsdorf, L.Maazel, Sir C.Mackerras, Z.Mehta, E.Ormandy, A.Previn, M.Rostropovich, W.Sawallisch, R.Shaw, T.Shippers, and Sir G.Solti.  Over the course of several seasons, Mr.Krause has performed such varied roles as Mephistopheles in FAUST and Scarpia in TOSCA (Helsinki Opera), Amonasro in AIDA (Savonlinna Festival), Don Alfonso in COSI FAN TUTTE (Florida Grand Opera), the world premiere of Helmut Eder’s MOZART IN NEW YORK (Salzburg Festival), the Count in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO (Bastille Opera), the Count in CAPRICCIO (Strasbourg Opera), COSI FAN TUTTE at the Hamburg and Netherlands Operas, PELLEAS ET MELISANDE in Geneva and Hamburg, PARSIFAL with the houses in Brussels, Vienna and Paris, as well as the productions of LE NOZZE DI FIGARO in Vienna, Paris and Salzburg.

Mr.Krause has given recitals at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and at the Festivals of Flanders and Montreal. His performance of the MISSA SOLEMNIS with Maestro Eschenbach at the Prague Spring Festival was taped by Tokyo Video Film. Mr.Krause also toured Russia with the Estonian Philharmonic, singing THE CREATION by Haydn.

Honored by his compatriots, Tom Krause was one of the artists to open the new National Opera House in Helsinki, in 1993. Following these performances, he turned his attention to singing at venues in Paris, both at the Bastille in PIQUE DAME, and to the role of Frere Bernard in ST.FRANCIS OF ASSISI. He sang recitals in Philadelphia and Hamburg, performed the ST.MATTHEW PASSION (Bach), with Peter Schreier as conductor, LAZARUS (SCHUBERT), and THE CREATION (Haydn).  In the Summer, Mr.Krause returned to Finland to sing Shostakovich’s 13th SYMPHONY (THE BABI YAR), THE CREATION, and Amonasro in AIDA.   Some highlights of the next three seasons included performances of Mahler’s EIGHTH SYMPHONY with the San Francisco Symphony, Don Alfonso (COSI) in Brussels, Sevilla, and in Hamburg, Don Giovanni and a number of recitals in Helsinki. Mr.Krause added three new roles to his extensive repertoire, performing in a new opera by Sallinen: THE PALACE at the Savonlinna Opera Festival; KATYA KABANOVA at the Bastille, and the Music Master in ARIADNE AUF NAXOS at Florida Grand Opera.   His concert appearances included the MISSA SOLEMNIS in Hamburg, orchestral concerts in Oslo and Helsinki, and solo recitals in Germany, Finland, Amsterdam, London, as well as performances at the Edinburgh and Gilmore Festivals.

During the 97/98 season, Mr.Krause completed a recording of PSALMS in Finland, and then returned to theSavonlinna Festival to perform THE MAGIC FLUTE. Always in demand on the concert stage, Mr.Krause continued the season with recitals and orchestral appearances in Germany, Finland, France, and the Netherlands. He looks forward to performances of Frere Bernard in ST.FRANCIS OF ASSISI by Messiaen at the Salzburger Festspiele, and to PARSIFAL at the Bastille in Paris. Mr.Krause added his skills as an actor to his incredible roster of accomplishments. He performed the leading role in a TV Opera by Ralf Gothoni: RUSLAN, where he played a Mafia Boss. Later, Mr.Krause became the focal point of a TV Film of Schubert’s DIE WINTERREISE.  Renowned as a teacher, as well as an artist, Tom Krause is often sought after to conduct Master Classes and to sit on Juries of Competitions. He recently gave Master Classes at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, and at S’Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands. He also presided as Head of the Juries at the Miriam Helin Vocal Competition in Finland, where he returns in August 1999, and at the ARD Wettbewerb in Munich, Germany. Mr.Krause was on the panel of the Singer of the World Competition in Cardiff, Wales, as well as at the Esther Honens Competition in Canada. Mr.Krause completed the year by giving Master Classes in Banff, Canada, and at Aldeburgh in Great Britain.

Tom Krause can be heard on over 60 recordings. The most recent CD’s are on Philips, where he sings the role of Frank opposite Kiri Te Kanawa in DIE FLEDERMAUS with the Vienna Philharmonic and Andre Previn; FIDELIO with the Vienna Philharmonic and Maestro Dohnanyi (Decca), and two solo recital discs of Schubert and Sibelius Lieder. His recording of the complete songs of Sibelius received numerous international awards, including the Deutscher Schallplattenpreis, the English Gramophone Award, and the Edison Award (Holland). Personally, Mr.Krause was made a Kammersänger by the Staatsoper in Hamburg. He was given the highest artistic honor awarded by his country: the Pro Finlandia Order of the Lion, and an Honorary doctorate of Music.

Mr.Krause is a Professor at the Musikhochschule in Hamburg, the Head of the Vocal Department at the Queen Sophia School of Music in Madrid, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and sits on juries for Competitions worldwide.   He currently lives in Hamburg with his wife.