Dominik Köninger

Soloist - Bariton
I’m more the kind of person who goes by their gut.

In the ensemble of the Komische Oper Berlin since 2012.


Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe

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

Brigitte Fassbaender, Ann Murray, Kurt Moll

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

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

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

Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Staatstheater Stuttgart, Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck, Opernstudio der Staatsoper Hamburg, Staatsoper München, Theater an der Wien

Titelpartie in Orpheus, Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Schaunard (La Bohème), Graf Almaviva (Die Hochzeit des Figaro), Pelléas (Pelléas et Mélisande), Poros, König eines indischen Reiches (Poros), Maximilian (Candide), Pantalone (Die Liebe zu drei Orangen), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Silvius (Die Perlen der Cleopatra)

Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Ottokar (Freischütz), Dr. Falke (Die Fledermaus), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Schaunard (La Bohème), Graf Almaviva (Die Hochzeit des Figaro)

»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.«


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.«
Michael Cookson, 12.09.2015

Nächste Termine

Sat2Apr19:30La Belle Hélène
Mon4Apr19:00La Belle Hélène
Fri8Apr19:30La Belle Hélène
Thu14Apr19:30La Belle Hélène
Fri22Apr19:30La Belle Hélène
Sun8May18:00La Belle Hélène
Fri13May19:30The »Gipsy« Baron
Mon16May19:30The »Gipsy« Baron
Wed25May19:30La Belle Hélène
Fri27May20:00The »Gipsy« Baron