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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A grandseigneur of musicA late summer of festivals awaits Franz Mazura.
On September 6th he can be heard as Sprecher in Zimmermann’s Ekklesiastische Aktion at Musikfestival Bern with the Bern Symphony Orchestra and the Swiss Youth Choir.
Subsequently, as part of this year’s Beethovenfest Bonn, a special concert night will take place on September 21st. Under the motto „Alte und neue Schicksalslieder“ (“Old and new songs of destiny”) Franz Mazura will take on the speaker role in the world premiere of Dieter Schnebel’s BSH Schicksalslied. Beethoven – Hölderlin under the baton of Jan Latham Koenig in the „New York – Saal“ of the World Conference Center.
Further, this season he will be returning to Staatsoper Unter den Linden where he will be on stage as Pfleger des Orest/Elektra (27.01.; 03./16./24.02.) and, during the Staatsoper’s “Festtage”, as Hans Schwarz/Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (14/18/21 April), both under the musical direction of Daniel Barenboim.