Opera Selection

Salzburg, FestspieleFigaroFigaro
Wien, StaatsoperDon GiovanniLeporello
New York, METZauberflötePapageno
Paris, BastilleZauberflötePapageno
Berlin, Deutsche OperFigaroFigaro
Wien, StaatsoperFigaroFigaro
Wien, StaatsoperMaria StuardaTalbot
Salzburg, OsterfestspieleToscaAngelotti
Wien, StaatsoperCarmenZuniga
Wien, StaatsoperZauberflötePapageno
Wien, StaatsoperFidelioDon Fernando
Aix-en-Provence, FestivalFigaroFigaro
Praha, Spring FestivalDon GiovanniLeporello
Berlin, Hebbel TheaterSchrekerEinakter
Dresden, SemperoperFigaroFigaro
Lausanne, MezieresZauberflötePapageno

Concerts Selection

Hohenems, FestivalSchubertLieder
Aix-en-Provence, FestivalSchumannLieder
Wien, KonzerthausCerhaExercises
London, Wigmore HallStrauss/IvesLiederabend
Berlin, KonzerthausMozartRequiem
Geneve, Victoria HallHaydnDie Schöpfung
Wien, MusikvereinHaydnDie Schöpfung
Wien, MusikvereinMozartCredo Messe
Oslo, NRTMozartArias/Duets
Torino, RAISchönbergJakobsleiter
Wien, FestwochenEröffnungskonzertMozart
Graz, MusikvereinBeethoven9. Sinfonie
Graz, MusikvereinMendelssohnElias
Manfred Hemm


Papageno, New York
…But the star of the show, if you ask me, is an Austrian bass named Manfred Hemm, who brings Papageno the bird-catcher to life. There aren't many opera singers that can walk around in spandex tights and look as though it's natural and comfortable, but he does. Add to that a feathered tunic and a cap with a bird's beak for a bill, and you have a Papageno who steals many a scene with his humor. Hemm is a superb comic actor whether singing or speaking, and he even dances with exuberance when he finishes one of his humorous yet tuneful arias. Papageno is the main source of laughter in The Magic Flute, a character who is as lovable as he is laughable, and Manfred Hemm is simply perfect in the part"
International Movie Database, 1991

"…impulsively friendly, quick to take fright, unwilling to strech for easy laughs. Having established this central humanity, Hemm became the focus of the performance…"
Opera News, 1991

"…one of the best in memory…
Opera Monthly, 1991

"…mit seiner geschmeidigen Stimme erfüllte er mühelos den Saal. Sein Papageno zeichnet sich durch Humor und menschliche Wärme aus…"
Das Opernglas, 1991