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 Robert
Schunk and Gudrun Bär.
He made his stage debut as Count Zedlau in the operetta Wiener Blut. In addition
to numerous leading roles in operetta, Michael Gniffke has sung Alfredo (La Traviata),
Tamino (The Magic Flute), Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann), Max (Der Freischütz/The
Freeshooter), the title-role in Gounod’s Faust and Don José in Carmen.
Recently, Michael Gniffke has been specializing in character roles and contemporary
repertoire such as Witch (Hansel and Gretel), Cavalier (Cardillac), Captain (Wozzeck),
the tenor-part in Detlev Glanert´s Drei Wasserspiele, as well as expanding into roles
of the German fach such as Paul (Die Tote Stadt), Herod (Salome), Loge (Das Rheingold),
Mime (Das Rheingold, Siegfried) as well as Aegisth (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 – as well in 2017-18. In 2016-17, the tenor made 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.
In 2018, Michael Gniffke will make his Bayreuth debut as 1. Nobleman of Brabant,
followed by a revival in 2019.
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.