BiographyFranz Mazura’s stage debut was delayed due to the outbreak of World War II. He received his vocal training by Fred Husler in Detmold and started his career as a bassist at Staatstheater Kassel in 1949. He then went on to sing at Stadttheater Mainz and Staatstheater Braunschweig. Changing his Fach to baritone, he has been an honoured member of the ensemble at Nationaltheater Mannheim from 1964 until 1987.
In 1960, Mr. Mazura was a guest at the festival in Salzburg, where he gave Cassandro in La finta semplice by W. A. Mozart and returned as Pizarro in Fidelio ten years later. In 1963, he was a member of the cast at Deutsche Oper Berlin. He received regular invitations by major German theaters such as Hamburgische Staatsoper and Bayerische Staatsoper, where he accepted a guest contract in 1973.
During his remarkable career, he was hailed especially for his embodiment of roles such as Alberich/Ring des Nibelungen, Pizzaro/Fidelio, Scarpia/Tosca, Jochanaan/Salome, and Moses/Moses und Aron. In the early seventies, he started his international career singing at the major opera houses in Paris, Vienna, Cologne, Buenos Aires, San Francisco, Brussels, Nice, and Strasbourg. Since 1972, he is a regular guest at the Grand Opéra in Paris, where he also performed as Dr. Schön in the world premiere of the revised three-act version by F. Cerha of Alban Berg’s opera Lulu on the 24.2.1979.
In 1980, Mazura joined the ensemble at the Metropolitan Opera New York (debut as Dr. Schön/Lulu), where he performed such roles as Klingsor and Gurnemanz/Parsifal and Alberich/Nibelungenring.
Mazura is known as an outstanding interpreter of Richard Wagner, whereas Alberich is considered his star role. From 1975 to 1995 he has been a regular guest at the Bayreuther Festspiele where he performed as Klingsor/Parsifal, Biterolf/Tannhäuser, Marke/Tristan, and Alberich, Wanderer, and Gunther/Ring des Nibelungen.
In the past years, he performed especially as Schigolch/Lulu at renowned opera houses such as Metropolitan Opera New York, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, the Opéra National de Paris, and the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse and appeared as Pfleger des Orest/Elektra, Niegus/Die lustige Witwe, and Haushofmeister/Ariadne auf Naxos. Mazura worked with Sir Simon Rattle in concerts of Henze’s Floß der Medusa in Berlin and Schönberg’s Gurre Lieder in Philadelphia and received high praise for his performances of Ekklesiastische Aktion by B. A. Zimmermann. Further, he performed at Opéra de Lyon, Teatro alla Scala di Milano, at the Vienna Festival, and most recently the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, where he was on stage in Elektra and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.
Engagements from the season 2017/18 onward include Henze’s Der junge Lord at Staatsoper Hannover, Zimmermann’s Ekklesiastische Aktion under the baton of Michael Wendeberg at the Cologne Philharmonie, as well as Elektra at Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin.
Recordings: Electrola, DGG ("Wozzeck"), Philips (Gunther in "Götterdämmerung", Moses in "Moses und Aron" by Schönberg), DGG ("Lulu"), Decca ("Der Kaiser von Atlantis" by Ullmann).
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Two-hour portrait at NDR Kultur on 28.09. at 20:00We would like to make aware of the two-hour long portrait of our wonderful artist, Mr. Franz Mazura, which will be sent at NDR Kultur on 28.09. at 20:00.
The 93-year-old singer is currently on stage in Hannover as Sir Edgar in H.W. Henze’s ‚The Young Lord‘.
A short introduction to the programme can be found under the following link:
Faust-Theaterpreis für Lebenswerk an Bassbariton Franz MazuraDer österreichische Opern- und Konzertsänger Franz Mazura wird mit dem "Faust"-Theaterpreis für sein Lebenswerk ausgezeichnet. Die Deutsche Akademie der Künste nannte den 91-jährigen Bassbariton einen vielseitigen Künstler mit einer großen stimmlichen Leistung sowie einem herausragenden schauspielerischen Talent.
Außerdem wurden die Nominierungen für den diesjährigen Theaterpreis bekanntgegeben. Unter anderem wurden die Choreographin Bridget Breiner vom Musiktheater im Revier Gelsenkirchen und die Sängerin Elena Sancho von der Deutschen Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf und Duisburg vorgeschlagen. Der "Faust" gilt als wichtigster deutscher Theaterpreis. Er wird im November zum 10. Mal im Saarländischen Staatstheater in Saarbrücken verliehen.