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Ralf Lukas
Ralf Lukas

D108055   D 108 055
J. Haydn: The Seasons
DVD-Video & Bonus Material
D108055   B 108 056
J. Haydn: The Seasons
2CD-box & Bonus CD
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Ralf Lukas is a sought-after singer in the German field of bass-baritone and dramatic baritone. He has been highly acclaimed in roles such as Hans Sachs in "Die Meistersinger", Wotan and Wanderer in Wagner’s "Ring" and Kaspar in "Der Freischütz".

Born in Bayreuth, he studied at the Berlin University of the Arts, was a member of the Studio of the Bavarian State Opera, and won First Prize at the International Vocal Competition‘s-Hertogenbosch in 1991.

Until 2002, Ralf Lukas was a member of the ensemble of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where he performed as Papageno, Leporello, Fra Melitone, Donner, Heerrufer, Biterolf, and Beckmesser, to name but a few. He worked with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Gerd Albrecht, Riccardo Chailly, Sir Colin Davis, Heinrich Hollreiser, Armin Jordan, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Sir Roger Norrington, Seiji Ozawa, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Giuseppe Sinopoli, and Marcello Viotti.

In February 1999, Ralf Lukas gave his first performance as Wotan in "Das Rheingold" at the Städtische Bühnen Münster. At the Salzburg Easter Festival 1999, he made his debut as Melot in "Tristan und Isolde" with the Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Claudio Abbado. He sang the same part at the Salzburg Festival 2000, conducted by Lorin Maazel. He sang Wolfram in "Tannhäuser" in Toulouse, where he also performed as Beckmesser in "Die Meistersinger" in 2002, and made his debut as Amfortas in "Parsifal" at the Staatstheater Kassel.

In 2006, he made his debut as Donner in "Das Rheingold" at the Bayreuth Festival and performed as Melot in Christoph Marthaler’s production of "Tristan und Isolde". In addition to that, he has been singing the role of Gunther in "Die Götterdämmerung".

As a renowned concert singer with an extensive repertoire, Ralf Lukas has been giving guest performances in all significant musical centers of Europe and South America, and took part in several radio and television productions. Numerous CD recordings document his work as a musical artist.