German baritone Günter Papendell hails from Krefeld and began his musical career at the Augsburg Cathedral Boys’ Choir. He received his first professional singing lessons from Tobias Meisberger, who continues to mentor him to this day. Papendell completed his studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München in 2005 as a master class student of Daphne Evangelatos and Helmut Deutsch. As a participant of the Ravinia Music Festival, he was also strongly influenced by Rudolf Piernay. Since 2012 he has been working closely with Peter Berne on Italian vocal stylistics.
Papendell has been a prize winner and finalist in diverse competitions, including the ARD-Musikwettbewerb, the Belvedere-Gesangswettbewerb and the Neue Stimmen, and is an award winner of art funding from his home town of Augsburg.
As a Lied interpreter and concert singer, he has had engagements at the Berliner Philharmonie, the Münchener Prinzregententheater, at Philharmonie Duisburg and at festivals such as the Schwäbischer Frühling, the Mondseefestival, Sangra Musicale Umbra in Perugia, the Musical Olympus International Festival in St. Petersburg, Mont Musical in Lausanne and the Schumannfestival (Łódzkie Schumanniana 2010) in Łódz.
During these engagements Papendell worked with artists such as Sir Simon Rattle, Marcello Viotti and Stefan Vladar, and ensembles such as the orchestras of the Bayerischer Rundfunk and Kölner Rundfunk, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra. He is regularly accompanied by Erika Switzer, Christian Chamorel and Helen Collyer among others.
His appearances on stage include productions under the direction of Christian Pöppelreiter, Immo Karaman, Andreas Homoki, Calixto Bieto, Barrie Kosky, Sebastian Baumgarten and Nicolas Stemann.
From 2004 to 2007 Papendell was a member of the ensemble at the Musiktheater im Revier Gelsenkirchen, where he had operatic roles as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Conte Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Paolo in Simone Boccanegra, Zurga and Escamillo amongst others.
His guest engagements have taken him to the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, the Bayerische Staatsoper and the Gärtnerplatztheater in Munich, the Nationaltheater in Mannheim and in Weimar, Dortmund, Bonn, Bremen, the Staatstheater in Mainz and in Nuremberg and the Aalto-Theater in Essen.
At the beginning of the 2007/08 season, Papendell joined the Komische Oper Berlin. Since then he has expanded his repertoire with roles such as Marcel in La Bohème, Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Kothner in Meistersinger, Jeletzky in Pique Dame, Förster in Schlaues Füchslein, Giorgio Germont in La Traviata, Odysseus by Monteverdi, Marquis Posa in Don Carlo, Pollux in Castor et Pollux, Mary in Die Soldaten, Don Pizarro in Fidelio and Gianni Schicchi.
In the 2014/15 season he was an outstanding Don Giovanni in a new stage production by Herbert Fritsch.
This season features his first performance as Yevgeniy Onegin in Barrie Kosky’s staging of Tchaikovsky’s opera.