Tobias Kehrer sings in place of Georg Zeppenfeld at the New Year’s Eve concerts

30 Dec 2023

Georg Zeppenfeld has unfortunately had to cancel his appearance as Hunding in the concert performance of the first act of Die Walküre in the remaining two New Year’s Eve concerts of the Berliner Philharmoniker under the direction of Kirill Petrenko.

The Berliner Philharmoniker are very grateful to Tobias Kehrer for being able to step in at short notice, and wish Georg Zeppenfeld a speedy recovery.

Born in Dessau, Tobias Kehrer studied at the Berlin University of the Arts. He has been a member of the ensemble of the Deutsche Oper Berlin since the 2012/13 season. His roles have included the Commendatore (Don Giovanni), Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte) and Sparafucile (Rigoletto). He is an acclaimed Wagner interpreter, appearing in roles including Fafner (Das Rheingold), Hunding (Die Walküre), Titurel (Parsifal) and Daland (Der fliegende Holländer). 

In addition to his engagement in Berlin, Tobias Kehrer is also in demand internationally. He has sung at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Lyric Opera in Chicago, the Opéra national de Paris and the Teatro alla Scala di Milano under the direction of, among others, Zubin Mehta, Daniel Harding and Daniele Gatti. 

He has also appeared at festivals such as the Glyndebourne Festival and the Salzburg Festival. In 2018, he made his debut at the Bayreuth Festival, where he has since appeared as Hunding, Titurel and the Nightwatchman (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg).

Tobias Kehrer makes his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker with these concerts.

Tobias Kehrer
(Photo: Deutsche Oper Berlin)