German baritone Johannes Martin Kränzle was a member of Frankfurt Opera from 1998 to 2016. There he sang roles including his first Wolfram (in Wagner’s Tannhäuser), Tomsky (Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades), and all the important Mozart roles, working with directors such as Keith Warner (Britten’s Death in Venice), Christof Loy (Paolo in Verdi’s Simone Boccanegra and Don Alfonso in Mozart’s Così fan tutte), and Nicolas Brieger (Henze’s Boulevard Solitude and Das verratene Meer).
Mr. Kränzle’s guest appearances have led him to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as well as Hamburg Staatsoper, Bavarian Staatsoper, Opéra de Paris, and the Salzburg Festival. He made his role debut as Alberich in Wagner’s Das Rheingold in the new Ring Cycle at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala and the Berlin Staatsoper under Daniel Barenboim. In 2014 he made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Beckmesser in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg under James Levine.
In 2011, the magazine Opernwelt chose Johannes Martin Kränzle as “Singer of the Year” by for his interpretation of Alberich at La Scala and in Berlin as well as for his extraordinary performance in the World Premiere of Wolfgang Rihm’s Dionysos (named “world premiere of the year”) at Salzburg Festival. In 2019 Opernwelt again named Mr. Kränzle “Singer of the Year,” praising his interpretation of Beckmesser in Meistersinger in Bayreuth.