Michael König is a heroic tenor who performs in the world’s most prestigious opera houses including Opéra National de Paris, Hamburg State Opera, Frankfurt Opera, Berlin State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Liceu, Barcelona, Teatro Real, Madrid, and La Scala, Milan. His voice and powerful stage presence is in demand for renowned roles such as Florestan (Fidelio), Max (Der Freischütz), Lohengrin, Siegmund (Die Walküre), Erik (Der Fliegende Holländer), Emperor (Die Frau ohne Schatten), Bacchus (Ariadne auf Naxos), Jim Mahony (Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny), Andrey Khovansky (Khovanshchina), Grigory/The Pretender (Boris Godunov), and Sergey (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk) amongst others.
Among his engagements in 2016⁄2017, Michael will return to Dresden for concerts of “Über Liebe und Hass” by Sofia Gubaidulina, “Das klagende Lied” with the San Francisco Symphony, Fidelio with London Philharmonic and Leonore with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Michael has performed with top orchestras including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonia, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.
He has worked with celebrated conductors such as Christian Thielemann, Andris Nelsons, Daniele Gatti, Seji Ozawa, Daniel Barenboim, Vladimir Jurowski, Gennadi Rozhdesventsky, Hartmut Hänchen, Kent Nagano, Sebastian Weigle, and Sylvain Cambreling.
Michael König was born in Mutlangen, Germany and began his singing career as a member of the Schwäbisch Gmünd St. Michael’s boys’ choir. He studied music at the Mannheim Conservatory with Rudolf Piernay. His early engagements included Jeník (The Bartered Bride) for Glyndebourne Festival, Narraboth (Salome) and Tamino (Die Zauberflöte) in Frankfurt and Lensky (Eugene Onegin) in Baden – Baden, Basel and Paris.
When he is not touring, Michael lives with his family in Haida Gwaii, BC.