Dominik Köninger

Soloist - Bariton
© Jan Windszus Photography
© Jan Windszus Photography
»I’m more the kind of person who
goes by their gut.«
In the ensemble of the Komische Oper Berlin since 2012.

ORIGINALLY FROM
Heidelberg

STUDIES
Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe

PRIZES
Erster Preis bei der »Wigmore Hall Kohn Foundation« International Song Competition, Erster Preis beim Mozartfest Würzburg

MASTERCLASSES WITH
Brigitte Fassbaender, Ann Murray, Kurt Moll

CD's
Messe AS-Dur von Franz Schubert, Carmina Burana von Carl Orff

IMPORTANT CONDUCTORS
Kent Nagano, Herbert Blomstedt, Wolfgang Gönnenwein, Christopher Hogwood, Bertrand de Billy

IMPORTANT DIRECTORS
Peer Boysen, Brigitte Fassbaender, Robert Carsen, Harry Kupfer, Philipp Stölzl, Tobias Kratzer

ENGAGEMENTS AND EXCURSIONS
Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Staatstheater Stuttgart, Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck, Opernstudio der Staatsoper Hamburg, Staatsoper München, Theater an der Wien
 
IMPORTANT PARTS AT THE KOMISCHE OPER BERLIN
Titelpartie in Orpheus, Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Schaunard (La Bohème), Graf Almaviva (Die Hochzeit des Figaro), Pelléas (Pelléas et Mélisande)
 
ELSEWHERE
Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Ottokar (Freischütz), Dr. Falke (Die Fledermaus), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Schaunard (La Bohème), Graf Almaviva (Die Hochzeit des Figaro)

THIS SEASON AT THE KOMISCHE OPER BERLIN
Poros, König eines indischen Reiches (Poros), Maximilian (Candide), Pantalone (Die Liebe zu drei Orangen), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Silvius (Die Perlen der Cleopatra)
»Conductor, no doubt about it!« responds Dominik Köninger to the question of what he’d be doing if he hadn’t become a successful singer. But his destiny led him to the stage, he had no choice in the matter. Born in Heidelberg, he was surrounded by singing from his childhood. By the age of six he was already spending multiple hours a day in the opera house – where his father was on stage. The young Dominik sang in the children’s choir, and as a student, near his home city of Stuttgart in the choir of the Aurelius Sängerknaben Calw. His primal experience of the theatre? – »The Magic Flute, a rehearsal, because I was lucky enough to sing one of the three boys!« That’s how Dominik Köninger became a total theatre child.

Nowadays, the father of twins is an important member of the Ensemble of the Komische Oper Berlin, which has virtually become his artistic home. Right from the beginning of his time at the Komische Oper Berlin in 2012 he noticed how people get along with each other here, both on-stage and back-stage. Even in really stressful phases, the atmosphere is always friendly and people are willing to help, and he continues to be amazed by the incredible work ethic of the house.

»Of course there has been a development«, he says, describing his own work. Köninger singles out his part as Pelléas in Barrie Kosky’s production of Pelléas et Mélisande as a highlight: »interpreting a character that is so fragile and introverted – both physically and psychologically – that was really uncharted territory for me.« And with this role, he was able to fulfil one of his dreams: »Pelléas et Mélisande is one of my absolute favourite works!«

It’s hard not to notice how much he loves his job, regardless of whether its late Renaissance or baroque, bel canto or classical, an operetta or a 20th century work – from the villain Nero in Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea to Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, Mozart’s Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, and the hilarious palace commander Viktorian Silvius in The Pearls of Cleopatra. This fundamental optimist has demonstrated the depth of his voice and acting talent through a broad range of characters and productions at the Komische Oper Berlin: Generally, even backstage, »I’m a fairly relaxed guy.« And if fate were to one day lead him to take up the baton, Dominik Köninger would have no problems at all: »as a conductor, I wouldn’t over-analyse things, I’m more the kind of person who goes by their gut.«

His performances ...

Sat08.09.19:30The Magic Flute
Fri28.09.11:00The Magic Flute
Sun21.10.14:00The Magic Flute
Sun04.11.19:30The Magic Flute
Sat24.11.19:30Candide
Sat01.12.19:30Candide
Wen12.12.19:30Candide
Fri21.12.19:30Candide
Mon31.12.14:00Candide
Mon31.12.19:00Candide
Thu10.01.19:30Candide
Fri25.01.19:30Candide
Sun03.02.16:00Candide
Sat16.03.19:30Poro
Wen27.03.19:30Candide
Fri29.03.19:30Poro
Wen03.04.19:30Candide
Sat13.04.19:30Poro
Sat20.04.19:30Poro
Sat04.05.19:30Poro
Tue25.06.19:30Poro
Sun30.06.19:00Candide
seenandheard-international.com
Michael Cookson, 12.09.2015
Not a Dull Moment in Handel’s »Giulio Cesare« at Komische Oper Berlin
»Energetic and entertaining in the title role German baritone Dominik Köninger kitted out in white with brown riding boots was very much the masculine hero, powerful and full of vitality.«
»Stealing the show in the boy trouser role of Sesto Pompeo was German mezzo-soprano Theresa Kronthaler. […] With such an attractive, creamily expressive vocal Kronthaler has a marvellous projection and her acting is top drawer too.«