The young bass Johannes Wiedecke was born in 1978 in Bad Oldesloe, Northern Germany.
He studied voice with Siegfried Lorenz and Elisabeth Bengtson-Opitz at the Hamburg
University for Music and Theatre. While still pursuing his studies he was engaged
as a guest-soloist at the Stadttheater Bremerhaven and at the Hamburger Kammeroper,
and in 2003 was a prize winner of the International Singing Competition “Alexander
From 2003 to 2006-07 Johannes was a member of the Vienna State Opera, and
was awarded a scholarship by the Herbert von Karajan-Centre from the season of 2003-04
At the Vienna State Opera Johannes appeared in more than 30 roles including Fafner
(Siegfried), Bartolo (Le Nozze di Figaro), Peneios (Daphne), Colas (Bastien und Bastienne),
Sarastro (The Magic Flute for children) under Seiji Ozawa and Fabio Luisi, Jorg in
Verdi`s Stiffelio alongside José Cura and Renato Bruson under Marco Armilliato, Tom
(Un Ballo in Maschera), and Frère Laurent in Roméo et Juliette alongside Anna Netrebko
and Rolando Villazon under the baton of Bertrand de Billy.
At the Vienna Volksoper Johannes sang Bartolo (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Sarastro (The
Magic Flute) under Marc Piollet. In 2005, he made his debut at the Deutsche Oper
Berlin as Peneios in Richard Strauss’ Daphne Strauss under Christian Thielemann.
At the Opera Festival Klosterneuburg 2007 Johannes made his role debut as Rocco in
Fidelio. His busy activities as a guest soloist have also led him to the Theater
Freiburg as Basilio (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), to the Theater Kiel as Rocco (Fidelio)
and for a new production of I Puritani to the Teatre Principal de Mao on Menorca
singing the part of Valton alongside Franco Vasallo, John Osborn and Mariola Cantarero
conducted by Michele Mariotti.
Johannes Wiedecke was engaged at the State Theatre 'Am Gärtnerplatz' in Munich from
2007-08 to 2009-10, where he performed roles including Osmin, Sarastro, Colline and
Basilio. He was first cast Dulcamara in L'Elisir D'Amore, Pirate King in The Pirates
of Penzance, Scalza in Boccaccio and Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd. In the season
of 2009-10 his new roles at the 'Gärtnerplatz' were Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro,
Joe in a new production of Weill’s Mahagonny (first cast) and Massimiliano in Verdi’s
I Masnadieri. In addition, Johannes sang Bartolo (Le Nozze di Figaro) as well at
the Theater Ulm.
Today, Johannes is working as a freelance singer. His engagemends include for instance
R. Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos at the Theater an der Wien under Betrand de Billy;
Dr. Grenville (La Traviata) and Truffaldino (Ariadne auf Naxos) at the Herrenchiemsee
Festspiele. He frequently appears at the Salzburg Landestheater. His roles there
have included Dr.Grenville, Le Bailli (Werther) and the Commendatore in Mozart’s
Don Giovanni in 2016. As well in Salzburg, he has sung the role of Noye in the première
of Britten’s Noye’s Fludde alongside Frances Pappas. In addition, he has appeared
as Petrus in Carl Orff’s Der Mond at the Selzach Summer Festival.
In 2017, Johannes Wiedecke is on paternity leave.
Johannes has appeared in many concert performances for example in Ravenna, Zaragossa,
St. Petersburg, at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, at the Herodes Atticus in Athens,
at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt and at the Teatre Principale de Palma de Mallorca,
He has sung under noted conductors including Marco Armilliato, Bertrand de Billy,
Daniele Gatti, Alfred Eschwé, Graeme Jenkins, Julia Jones, Fabio Luisi, Jun Märkl,
Michele Mariotti, Franz Welser-Möst, Seiji Ozawa, Renato Palumbo, Marc Piollet, Donald
Runnicles, Simon Rattle, Peter Schneider, Stefan Soltesz, Christian Thielemann, Marcello
Viotti and Simone Young.
In a DVD recording of the Vienna State Opera’s production of Bastien und Bastienne
Johannes Wiedecke took part as Colas.