The German tenor Michael Gniffke began a career in business-management before studying
classical singing in Zurich with his father, the opera singer Rudolf A. Hartmann.
Subsequently, he continued his studies with Alfred Muff, Stefan Haselhoff and Robert
In 2006, he made his stage debut as Count Zedlau in Wiener Blut. In addition to numerous
leading roles in operetta, Michael Gniffke has sung Alfredo in La Traviata, Tamino
in The Magic Flute, Hoffmann in The Tales of Hoffmann, Max in Der Freischütz, Faust
in Faust (Gounod) and Don José in Carmen.
Recently, Michael Gniffke has been specializing in character roles and contemporary
repertoire (Witch in Hansel and Gretel, Cavalier in Cardillac, Captain in Wozzeck,
the tenor-part in Detlev Glanert´s Drei Wasserspiele etc.), as well as expanding
into roles of the German fach such as Paul in Die Tote Stadt, Herod in Salome, Loge
in Das Rheingold, Mime in Das Rheingold and Siegfried as well as Aegisth in Elektra.
In 2015, the tenor made his role debut as Captain in Wozzeck at the Opéra de Dijon
in a highly regarded production with the SWR Radio Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg;
followed by his role-debut as Aegisth in Elektra at the Theater Magdeburg in 2015-16.
Since 2014, he frequently performs the role of the Witch in Hansel and Gretel at
the Theater Lübeck. He will return to Lübeck for this role in December 2016 as well.
In 2016-17, Michael Gniffke will make his role debut as Alwa in Alban Berg’s Lulu
at the Theater Ulm. In 2018, he will appear as Adolf Hitler in the world première
of Alexander Raskatov’s opera „Germania“ at the Opéra National de Lyon.
An extensive concert activity completes his musical commitment. The "Requiem" by
Andrew Lloyd Webber, "Le Laudi" by Herman Suter and the "Requiem" by Giuseppe Verdi
are some of the highlights of his concert career.