Johannes SCHWÄRSKY Bass-Baritone


Under the musical direction of Helmuth Rilling, Johannes Schwärsky portrayed PIZARRO at the sides of Jonas Kaufmann within the frame of a half scenic production of the Bach Academy and ESCAMILLO at the Teatro Municipal de Valparaiso (Chile). In the world premiere of a modern version of Mozart’s „Die Entführung aus dem Serail“ he sang OSMIN under the baton of Sylvain Cambreling. He made his debut as MUSTAFA in Rossini’s „L’Italiana in Algeri“ at the Summer Opera in Selzach / Solothurn (Switzerland). Together with Angela Gheorghiu and Placido Domingo he sang in a Gala-concert of Tosca at the Innsbruck Theatre. In a production of Andreas Dresen he interpreted MASETTO at the Basle Theatre.

At the Munster City Theatre he portrayed GIORGIO GERMONT, WAARLAM in „Boris Godunow“, ATHLETE and TAMER in Berg’s „Lulu“ and the title part in DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER. The press wrote:

Johannes Schwärsky gave an excellent performance. His voice makes him a natural for the role of the Dutchman. It was due to him, this singer with the expressive and secure voice and the enormous charisma, that the evening became a great pleasure.

The artist performed PÈRE LAURENCE in Berlioz‘ „Roméo et Juliette“ and the 4 VILLAINS in „Les Contes d’Hoffmann“ at the Giessen City Theatre. At the Berlin Concert House he sang the bass soloist part in Verdi’s Requiem. At the Flensburg City Theatre enjoyed great triumph in the role of DOKTOR FAUSTUS, one of the biggest roles for bass baritone that exists, in Ferrucio Busoni’s opera.

Since 1996 the artist works free-lance, singing parts such as SCARPIA, RIGOLETTO, FALSTAFF, WOLFRAM, FIGARO, DON GIOVANNI, GIANNI SCHICCHI and OCHS VON LERCHENAU at the opera houses of Frankfurt/Main, Wuppertal, Schwerin, Darmstadt, Kassel, Bad Hersfeld, Stuttgart, Bremen, Oldenburg. Since 2001 there is a close artistic collaboration between Johannes Schwärsky and the Philharmonics of the Nations under the musical direction of Justus Frantz.

Before starting his singing studies with KS Kurt Moll and Lisa Hagenau at the Hanns-Eisler-Music Conservatory, he first made an apprenticeship as a carpenter at the workshop of the Berlin Theatre, where he constructed decorations and stage settings. Later, he became a member of the opera studio at the Komische Oper Berlin. Johannes Schwärsky was prize winner of the International Alexander Girardi Competition and finalist of the Cestelli Competition in Dresden.

Johannes Schwärsky regularly performs at the made his spectacular debut in the title role of Tschaikowsky’s Mazeppa at the Krefeld/Mönchengladbach Theatres. Here he sings a.o. STANKAR in Verdi’s Stiffelio and the 4 VILLAINS in ‘The Tales of Hoffmann’. Besides, he made his fulminant debut in the title part of Tschaikowski’s Mazeppa :

Let’s start with the outstanding achievements of the protagonists; first and foremost the guest singer Johannes Schwärsky as Mazeppa, who pushes the limits of the possible not just vocally but also as an actor.
In the last years one has seldom seen such an impressive performance in Krefeld.
Der Neue Merker

He could recvently be seen as s FALSTAFF (Verdi) at the Oldenburg State Theatre. At the Osnabrück Theatre he impressed as PROMETHEUS in Braunfels’ opera ‘Die Vögel’. In summer he was celebrated as AMONASRO at the Eutin Festival.
In the season2016/17 he debutes as ALBERICH in ‘Das Rheingold’ at the Oldenburg State Theatre.


Staatstheater Oldenburg - Das Rheingold - ALBERICH
Among the soloists Johannes Schwärsky is particularly worth mentioning. Due to his suggestive presentation of Alberich combined with powerful and impressive singing, he became the main figure of the opera.
ORPHEUS, Mai/Juni 2017 - Wolfgang Denker
Among the soloists Johannes Schwärsky as Alberich is particularly worth mentioning. He succeeded in making Alberich into the main character of the opera. His tremendously present and suggestive interpretation of the role in combination with his powerful and impressive singing was utterly thrilling.
Der Opernfreund
There were some great vocal performances, which are worth a journey: guest singer Johannes Schwärsky,an intense and demonic Alberich...
Eutin Festival - Aida - AMONASRO
In spite of his wild hairsdtyle Johannes Schwärsky was a powerful Amonasro with a distinctive and expressive baritone voice, forming some beautiful cantilenas in duet with Aida.
Theater Krefeld-Mönchengladbach - Ballo in maschera - RENATO
'... with Johannes Schwärsky a almost world-class cast of Renato.'
'One would never have noticed that in the ensemble there is a worldclass Verdi baritone. On this very evening, Johannes Schwärsky succeeded in everything: the dramatically stoked up ‚Eri tu‘ well and truly swept the audience into exuberance and his fine legato lines in ‚O dolcezze perdute‘ showed the style-conscious belcanto-singer.'.
Opernglas 11/2015 H.Walter
' Johannes Schwärsky as Renato, marvellously utilizes his baritone, both in terms of vocal power and comprehensibility .'
Osnabruck Theatre - The Birds - PROMETHEUS
'Johannes Schwärsky, in Münster already hailed as the Flying Dutchman and apart from that, also quite Wagner-suspicious, as Prometheus was the major event of the evening, that really got under one's skin, not only vocally but also his performance even when he is mistreated by the mystical fate. A great voice, a great talent!'
Der neue Merker, Klaus Billand
'a turely high performance came from Johannes Schwärsky with his powerful bass as Prometheus: a deep black, averting presence, his body blood soaked, his voice imbued with grief, he warns against war.'

Die deutsche Bühne


‚...the staggeringly imperious Johannes Schwärsky in the role of Prometheus,...’

NMZ Online


'But first, Prometheus appears to warn against war and to call for a change. Johannes Schwärsky is a sonorous, fantastic Prometheus. Musically, he clearly resembles the big brother of Jochanaan from Strauss’ Salome.'
Mönchengladbach Theatre - Stiffelio - STANKAR
'Another musical highlight is the entrance of Johannes Schwarsky as Stankar at the beginning of the third act. When Lina's father intends to commit suicide, because he was deprived of his revenge on Raffaele, Schwärsky's great aria reminds at Rigolettos pain, as his daughter Gilda was ravished. Schwärsky shines with a great baritone and dramatic expression.'
Online Musik Magazine
Staatstheater Oldenburg - Das Rheingold - ALBERICH
Staatstheater Oldenburg - Das Rheingold - ALBERICH
Eutin Festival - Aida - AMONASRO
Theater Krefeld-Mönchengladbach - Ballo in maschera - RENATO
Theater Osnabrück - Die Vögel - PROMETHEUS
Städtische Bühnen Münster - Der Fliegende Holländer - HOLLÄNDER
Opernhaus Regensburg - FALSTAFF
Vereinigten Bühnen Krefeld / Mönchengladbach - MAZEPPA