The German tenor Daniel Kirch started his international career with parts like Lenski (Eugene Onegin), Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Fenton (Falstaff), Truffaldino (Die Liebe zu den drei Orangen), as well as Steuermann (Der fliegende Holländer), Ferrando (Così fan tutte), and Tamino (Die Zauberflöte). Since his change to dramatic roles, he is one of the most sought after Heldentenors of our time. His broad repertoire includes amongst others Max (Der Freischütz), Kaufmann (Jakob Lenz), Florestan (Fidelio), Richard in Regina by Lortzing, Paul (Die Tote Stadt) and Marco Venero (Catharino Cornaro), which he sang in concert with Maestro Ulf Schirmer in Munich.
In the last years, more German Heldentenor roles followed: Kirch gave celebrated debuts as Stolzing in Leipzig, Claudio (Das Liebesverbot), the title roles in Parsifal and Lohengrin, while and in autumn 2014 he debuted as highly acclaimed Bacchus (Ariadne auf Naxos) on tour with the Opera Leipzig in Beijing, followed by concerts of the Gurre-Lieder under the baton of Maestro Shao-Chia Lü with the National Symphony Orchestra in Taipeh. In January 2015 he sang Erik (Der fliegende Holländer) at the New National Theatre Tokyo under Maestro Taijiro Iimori. Further engagements in 2015 included Paul (Die Tote Stadt) in a co-produciton of Nantes and Nancy, Parsifal, and his debut as Tannhäuser at the Opera Leipzig. Plans for the season 2015–16 include his debuts as Fritz (Der ferne Klang) at the Opera Graz and as Siegmund at the Opera Leipzig, as well as Erik at the Teatre Wielki in Warsaw, Parsifal at the Opera Leipzig, and Stolzing at the Wager in Budapest Festival.
Furthermore, he regularly sings in concerts. His repertoire includes Schumann’s Szenen aus Goethes Faust, the Zender/Schubert Winterreise, Mahler’s Lied von der Erde, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Bruckner’s Te Deum, as well as the Dvorak and Verdi Requiem, and Schönberg’s Gurre Lieder, which he sang with Maestro Zubin Mehta in Tel Aviv in 2011 but also with Reinbert de Leeuw and Lothar Zagrosek.
Daniel Kirch has worked amongst others with Claudio Abbado, Valery Gergiev, Michael Gielen, Arn Goerke, Eliahu Inbal, René Jacobs, Marek Janowski, Zubin Mehta, Kent Nagano, UlfSchirmer, Markus Stenz, and Christian Thielemann. Guest performances took him to the Staatsoper Berlin, the Opernhaus Zürich, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Oper Leipzig, the Oper der Stadt Köln, the Nederlands Reisopera, the Opernhaus Düsseldorf, the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, the New National Theatre Tokyo, the Gran Teatro Liceu in Barcelona, and the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich.
Photo by Hermann i Claerchen Baus