German bass Georg Zeppenfeld, born in Attendorn, Westphalia, initially trained as a teacher for music and German philology, before he went on to study concert and opera singing at the Musikhochschule Detmold, and later with Hans Sotin at the Hochschule für Musik Cologne.

After first engagements at the opera houses of Münster and Bonn, in 2001 he joined the ensemble of the Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden (Semperoper), which has been his artistic home ever since. Moreover, he is a much sought-after guest at virtually all leading opera houses of Europe and the United States, and in the most important concert venues around the globe.

His repertoire includes Figaro and Bartolo (Le nozze di Figaro), Don Alfonso (Cosí), Rocco (Fidelio), Kaspar (Freischütz), König Karl (Schubert: Fierrabras), Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Baculus (Wildschütz), Zaccaria (Nabucco), Banco (Macbeth), Padre Guardiano (Forza del destino), Sparafucile (Rigoletto), Filippo II (Don Carlo), Lodovico (Otello), Daland (Holländer), Landgraf Herrmann (Tannhäuser), König Heinrich (Lohengrin), König Marke (Tristan), Veit Pogner and Hans Sachs (Meistersinger), Fasolt (Rheingold), Hunding (Walküre), Fafner (Siegfried), Gurnemanz (Parsifal), Gremin (Onegin), Arkel (Pelléas), Wassermann (Rusalka), Pimen (Boris Godunow), Peneios (Strauss: Daphne), and La Roche (Capriccio).

A key role is Sarastro (Magic Flute) which he performed with great success not only under Claudio Abbado in Baden-Baden, but also at the San Francisco Opera, New York MET, Vienna State Opera, Salzburg Festival and Royal Opera House (Covent Garden) in London, Opera House Zürich, Bavarian State Opera Munich and Semperoper Dresden.

Since 2010, he has been a regular guest at at the Bayreuth Festival, where he will appear as König Heinrich (Lohengrin), Pogner (Meistersinger) and Hunding (Walküre) in 2020. A milestone in his career was his highly acclaimed role debut as Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, a summit role of the bass repertoire, at the Salzburg Easter Festival 2019.


Performances in the 2019/20 season include Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Zaccaria (Nabucco), Hans Sachs (Meistersinger), Rocco (Fidelio), Sarastro (Zauberflöte), all in Dresden, and Gurnemanz (Parsifal) in Munich. He also returned to the Zurich Opera for the bass part in a scenic version of Verdi’s Requiem. At the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, he will sing Rocco in a new production of Fidelio under Antonio Pappano.

Georg Zeppenfeld has a marked preference for concert singing. His oratoric repertoire, ranging from the baroque to the late romantic era, gave him the opportunity to work with renowned conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Riccardo Chailly, Sir Colin Davis, Gustavo Dudamel, Daniele Gatti, Daniel Harding, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Thomas Hengelbrock, Marek Janowski, Fabio Luisi, Lorin Maazel, Andris Nelsons, Marc Minkowski, Andris Nelsons, Antonio Pappano, Kirill Petrenko, Christian Thielemann und Franz Welser-Möst.

The singer’s varied and extensive œuvre has been documented on numerous CD and DVD releases. He also participated in many TV and radio productions of European broadcasting stations.

In 2015, Georg Zeppenfeld was appointed “Kammeränger der Sächsischen Staatsoper Dresden“.