The young German baritone Florian Götz first studied music education and trumpet
in Stuttgart before completing vocal studies with Paula Anglin and Mark Packwood
at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where he graduated with honours.
This was followed by further study with Michael Rhodes and at the University of Music
Franz Liszt in Weimar with Mario Hoff and Ulrike Fuhrmann (concert exam), as well
as master classes with Gregory Lamar, Kurt Widmer, Malcolm Martineau, Brigitte Fassbaender,
Claudia Eder, Christian Curnyn, Sarah Walker and Graham Johnson. Florian Götz has
been working with Margreet Honig since 2013.
Florian Götz’s awards include being a prizewinner at the Schloss Rheinsberg international
competition for chamber singers and receiving scholarships from the Robert Bosch
Foundation and the Richard Wagner Association.
Florian Götz was a member of the Thüringia Opera Studio in the 2009-10 season. Following
this, he joined the ensemble of the Theater Erfurt as a soloist from 2010 to 2013.
There he sang a number of roles in his voice category, such as Papageno-The Magic
Flute-W. A. Mozart, Dr. Falke-Die Fledermaus-J. Strauß, Belcore-L’elisir d’amore-G.
Donizetti, Ping-Turandot and Schaunard-La Bohème-G. Puccini, Dandini-La Cenerentola-G.
Rossini, Jupiter-Orpheus in der Unterwelt-J. Offenbach, Tio Lukas-Der Corregidor-H.
Wolf, Morales and LeDancaire-Carmen-G. Bizet, Ottokar-Der Freischütz-C. M. v. Weber
and Silvano-Un ballo in maschera-G. Verdi. In addition, at the Theater Erfurt he
also dedicated himself to contemporary repertoire, singing for instance the premieres
of the roles of Taylor-Der leuchtende Fluß-J. Doderer and Mr. Parker-Die Frauen der
Toten-A. Bröder. Other key roles are Mozart’s Figaro and Graf in The Marriage of
Figaro and Mozart’s Nardo in La fintagiardiniera.
Florian Götz has been a guest at opera houses such as the Nationaltheater Weimar,
the Darmstadt State Theatre, the Staatstheater Meiningen and the Badisches Staatstheater
Karlsruhe. Furthermore, he has made guest appearances at internationally renowned
festivals and concert centres like Glyndebourne Festival/GSMD, Ludwigsburg Festival,
Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Festwochen Herrenhausen, Bayreuth Baroque, Thuringia Bach
Weeks, Fränkischer Sommer, Féstival Berlioz France and Féstival de Sablé. He regularly
performs at the Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, the Bijloke Gent and at the Single Antwerp,
as well as at the theatres of Winterthur and Schaffhausen.
Florian Götz also places special emphasis on the Baroque repertoire. Thus, he has
already interpreted numerous Händel roles such as Elviro in Serse, Pallante in Agrippina,
Argante in Rinaldo, Fenice in Deidamia, as well as unusual roles like Scarlatti’s
Gildo in Penelope la Casta at WDR in Cologne. In this context, he was a guest several
times at the Händel Festivals both in Halle and Göttingen and at the Rheingau Music
In 2012, Florian Götz debuted at the Opéra Bastille in Paris as Artabano in Pagliardi’s
Caligula delirante conducted by Vincent Dumestre with the ensemble Le PoèmeHarmonique.
There followed several performances at French theatres, including the Opéra de Reims
and the Opéra de Rouen, as well as the Théâtre de l’Athénée in Paris.
His performance of the role of Nardo in the first recording of Anfossi’s La finta
Giardiniera for Harmonia Mundi/Sony conducted by Werner Ehrhardt with the l’arte
del mondo ensemble was highly praised by music critics (Opernglas 2012: “in timbre
and performance reminiscent of Walter Berry, Florian Götz was brilliant in the role
With the Lautten Compagney conducted by Wolfgang Katschner he sang the role of Mago
in Händel’s Rinaldo at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, as well as Argante in Rinaldo
at the Ludwigsburg Festival. A DVD of this production with Florian Götz as Argante
was released by Arthaus in the summer of 2015.
Florian Götz debuted in 2014 with Jean-Claude Malgoire in Rossini’s Il Barbiere diSiviglia at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, as well as Guglielmo in Mozart’s
Cosi fan tutte with Garrett Keast at the Theaterhaus Stuttgart and at the Philharmonie
am Gasteig in Munich. In the 2014-15 season he made a guest appearance as Papageno
in Papageno und die Zauberflöte at the Leipzig Opera. In addition, he gave his New
York debut at the Miller Theatre under Vincent Dumestre in October 2014.
Götz’s concerts and opera engagements in 2015-16 included Papageno at the Mozart
Festival Würzburg 2015, Brahms’s GermanRequiem under Manfred Jung, Orff’s Carmina
Burana in the Munich Philharmonic Hall, a concert tour with Bach’s BWV 201 (Pan)
with the Ricercar Consort in Taiwan, Ping in Turandot at the Landestheater Innsbruck,
a CD production for Sony with the role of Lumaca in Salieri’s La Scuola de’ gelosi
with the l’arte del mondo ensemble, the title role in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo with the
Lautten Compagney, and Schaunard in La Bohème conducted by Marcus Bosch at the Heidenheim
For the 2016-17 season he has so far planned a revival of Händel’s Rinaldo, several
concerts with Haydn’s The Seasons at the Festspielhaus Bregenz, Bach’s Christmas
Oratorio in the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Mendelssohn’s Elias in the Würzburg
Cathedral, a DVD production of Pagliardi’s Caligula delirante in Paris with the ensemble
Le Poème Harmonique, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus conducted by Marcus Bosch, a premiere
of Enjott Schneider’s cantata “da ist Freiheit”, which was composed for Florian Götz,
at the Schwarzwald Music Festival 2017, the role of Amanzio in Händel’s Giustino
with the Lautten Compagney Berlin at the Theater Winterthur and other theatres in
Switzerland, as well as Corpo in Cavallieri’s Rappresentatione di Anima et di Corpo.
Florian Götz also devotes himself intensively to performing German Lieder, collaborating
on evenings of Lieder with various programmes. He will perform one of the major works
in the genre, Schubert’s cycle Die Winterreise, in 2017 in Paris with pianist Fériel
Kaddour at the CNSM. He also collaborates closely with the pianist Daniel Heide.
His repertoire as an oratorio and concert singer comprises – besides key works by
Bach, Haydn and Mendelssohn – works like Britten’s War Requiem. Florian Götz is a
regular guest at the Magdeburg Telemann Festival and took place there in numerous
CD and radio recordings. In 2013 he sang Orff’s Carmina Burana at the Prince Regent
Theater in Munich and performed in Bach’s St John Passion with the Ricercar Consort
conducted by Philippe Pierlot at the Thuringia Bach Weeks, as well as under Stefan
Mai. Florian Götz sang songs from Gustav Mahler’s collection Des KnabenWunderhorn
under the baton of Michael Sanderling at both the Konzerthaus Berlin and in the Frauenkirche
Dresden, and Bach’s Mass in B Minor conducted by Georg Christoph Biller, the cantor
of St Thomas. He was heard as Testo in Monteverdi’s Il Combattimento di Tancredi
e Clorianda conducted by Konrad Junghänel.
The young baritone has already sung with renowned conductors such as Sir Colin Davis,
Antony Bramall, Wolfgang Gönnenwein, Gudni Emilsson, Nicholas Milton, Walter Gugerbauer,
Lukas Beikircher, Johannes Pell, Alexander Rumpf, Christoph Gedschold, Massimiliano
Toni and Joel Revzen and has worked with directors such as Tatjana Gürbaca, Michael
Hampe, Bernd Mottl, Guy Montavon, Tobias Kratzer, Stephen Langridge, Elmar Fulda,
Bruno Berger-Gorski, Gabriele Rech, Dominique Horwitz, René Zisterer, Katharina Thalbach,
Bernard Uzan, Lynne Hockney, Christian Schiaretti, Arnaud Décarsin and John Dew,
as well as with orchestras such as the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Nürnberger Symphoniker,
Stuttgarter Symphoniker, Staatskapelle Weimar, L’arpa festante, United Continuo Ensemble,
Potsdamer Kammerakademie, Lautten Compagney Berlin and La Grande Écurie et la Chambre