Альфред Мафф

Biography

Born in 1949 in Lucerne (Switzerland) Alfred Muff studied at Lucerne Conservatory and later at the Musikhochschule Berlin.

Since 1984, the artist has been part of the ensemble of the Zurich Opernhaus, and has appeared with so diverse parts as Wotan and Wanderer in Wagner`s Der Ring des Nibelungen, title part in Der Fliegende Holländer, Gurnemanz in Parsifal, Kurwenal and King Marke in Tristane and Isolde, Landgrave Hermann in Tannhäuser, King Heinrich in Lohengrin, Barak in Richard Strauss`s Woman without Shadows, Jochanaan in Salome, Baron Ochs in Der Rosenkavalier, Morosus in Die Silent Woman, Pizzaro and later Rocco in Beethovan`s Fidelio, Osmin in Mozart`s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, Doctor in Berg`s Wozzek and Lulu, Cardinal Brogni in Halevy`s La Juive, Wassermann in Dvořák`s Rusalka, and Hans Sachs in Wagner`s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.

His performances of the most varied of roles from the baritone repertoire during his already long-term engagement by Zurich Opera House has drawn much attention from the public and press. His international activities have led him to concertize with many celebrated orchestras and eminent conductors including Claudio Abbado, Herbert Blomstedt, James Conlon, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Eliahu Inbal, Erich Leinsdorf, Zubin Metha, Georges Prêtre, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Jeffrey Tate, Armin Jordan, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Sir Georg Solti, Horst Stein, Gerd Albrecht and Franz Welser-Möst. The voice of Alfred Muff can be heard on LP recordings.

Important key appointments throughout Alfred Muff’s career include engagements by the Milan Scalo, the Viennese State Opera, the Bavarian State Opera, the Hamburg State Opera, the Dresden State Opera, the ‘Opéra de Paris’, the Bastille Opera House in Paris, the German Opera Berlin, the ‘Staatsoper unter den Linden’ in Berlin, the Cologne Opera, the San Francisco Opera, the ‘Teatro del Liceu’ in Barcelona, the ‘Teatro Colon’ in Buenos Aires, NHK Tokyo, RAI Torino, the music festivals in Taormina and Aix-en-Provence and the Vienna Festival Weeks.

Muff sang the role of the old man in the highly acclaimed world premiere of Henze’s ‘L’Upupa’ during the ‘Salzburger Festspiele 2003’; performing the same role at the world premieres of ‘L’Upupa’ in Spain, Madrid and Lyon, France.

Alfred Muff dedicates a large portion of his time to concert literature in order to balance and complement his comprehensive stage activities. He has been a guest concert soloist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the ‘Orchestra dell’ Accademia di Sta. Cecilia Roma’, the ‘Orchestre de la Suisse Romande’ in Geneva, the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, in the Vienna Concert House and ‘Wiener Musikverein’, the ‘Brucknerhaus Linz’, with the ‘Bamberger Symphoniker’ and at the Lucerne and Prague Spring International Music Festivals.

His recent engagements include Baron Ochs in Der Rosenkavalier (Zurich Opera and Hungarian State Opera, Budapest), Graf Waldner in Richard Strauss`s Arabella (Staatsoper Gamburg), Wesener in Zimmermann`s Die Soldaten (Teatro alla Scala, Milano), Tiresias in Stravinsky`s Oedipus Rex (Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli and Teatro Comunale di Modena).