Martin Winkler | ©Felix Grünschloss

Bass-Baritone Martin Winkler was born in Bregenz, Austria. He studied at the University of Vienna.

With his hugely successful debut as Klingsor in Wagner’s „Parsifal“ 2011 in Tallinn Martin Winkler entered the Wagner opera world. He personified Klingsor in Calixto Bieito’s production of „Parsifal“ in Stuttgart in 2012/13 with Sylvain Cambreling, and had his debut as Alberich in „Der Ring des Nibelungen“ at the Bayreuth Festival 2013, a new production staged by Frank Castorf and conducted by Kirill Petrenko. After this from press and audience acclaimed debut, he sang Alberich at the George Enescu Festival in Bukarest where he returned in 2015 for a production of „Wozzeck“.

As Klingsor in the new „Parsifal“ production of Christof Loy at the Royal Opera House Stockholm, Orest in Strauss’s „Elektra“ in Warsaw, Graf Waldner at the Metropolitan Opera, the title role of Donizetti’s „Viva la Mamma“ staged by Rolando Villazon and his Pizzaro debut in Vienna he could show his versatile stage talent.

Martin Winkler’s debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich in Alban Berg’s „Lulu“ was in May 2015 and he returned as the fearsome Tierbändiger|Athlet in Berg’s „Lulu“ to the Metropolitan Opera in the same year. In 2015 he sang Alberich at the Opera House in Nürnberg. Martin Winkler gave his debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in David Pountney’s production of Carl Nielsen’s „Maskarade“ and was invited again 2016 for the production of „The Nose“ staged by Barrie Kosky where he sang the title role. Martin Winkler gave his debut at Teatro Real in Madrid in 2016 in Wagner’s „Das Liebesverbot“ and as Lautsprecher in „Der Kaiser von Atlantis“.

In 2011 he did perform the title role in Lea Auerbach’s „Gogol“ (world premiere) at the Theater an der Wien. He sang the title role in „Le Grand Macabre“ by György Ligeti in Berlin. His debut at the Komische Oper Berlin turned out to be a milestone in staging of modern opera. Since then he sang Berg’s „Wozzeck“ in Graz, „Eight songs for a mad King“ by Peter Maxwell Davis and Simone in Zemlinsky’s „Florentine Tragedy“ in Lyon, Narr in Krenek’s „Das Geheime Königreich“ (available on DVD), and sang the title roles in world premieres of operas by Lea Auerbach and Detlev Glanert. He sang in Rome and at La Monnaie in Brussels and performed the Father in „Hänsel und Gretel“ at the Prague State Opera.

Martin Winkler joined the Volksoper in Vienna in 2009, where he has sung roles such as Puccini’s „Gianni Schicchi“, Dr. Bartolo in Rossini’s „Il Barbiere di Siviglia“ and Frank in Strauß’ „Die Fledermaus“. The roles of Kaspar in Weber’s „Der Freischütz“ and Kecal in Smetana’s „Die verkaufte Braut“ and „Das Wunder der Heliane“ in 2017 helped Martin Winkler to international recognition.

He successfully returned to Theater an der Wien, Vienna, for „Elegie für junge Liebende“ in May 2017 and for „Parsifal“ at the Wiener Festwochen in June 2017. He sang Alberich at the Theater an der Wien as well as at the Vienna State Opera and at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein. He was guest at Sydney Opera, Opéra Lyon and Genève in 2018. 2019 he made his debut at Salzburg Festival – Jupiter/“Orphée aux Enfers“ (Barrie Kosky). He was guest again in Dresden Semperoper, Oper Zürich and Oviedo.

The Covid pandemic impeded his plans to sing the first Baron Ochs/”Rosenkavalier” in Brussels and Moscow. The production in Brussels will now take place in fall 2022. Future plans include his return to Madrid  Brussels, Munich, to name a few. He will stay in the ensemble of Volksoper Vienna for the next seasons.