Andreas Schager studied at the Universität für Musik Vienna with Prof. Walter Moore. Whilst still studying he made his opera debut as Ferrando/ Così fan tutte at the Schlosstheater Schönbrunn. In the following years he sang in a large number of theatres and festivals, for example Frankfurt, Vienna (Festwochen), Bologna, Amsterdam, Gent, Antwerp, Cologne and Toronto (Canada).
In summer 2009 Schager made a very significant step in his carrier, moving to a more dramatic repertoire. He made his highly regarded debut at the Tiroler Festspiele Erl as David in Richard Wagner’s “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg” and was engaged as well as Florestan in Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Fidelio” and as Erik in Wagner’s “Der fliegende Holländer”.
Since then he appeared as Florestan/ Fidelio, Max/ Der Freischütz, Rienzi/ Rienzi, in the part of Siegfried in both Siegfried and Götterdämmerung, Tristan / Tristan und Isolde at renowned opera houses such as Deutsche Oper and Staatsoper Berlin, Teatro Real Madrid, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Teatro dell’Opera Rome and Teatro alla Scala Milan. In concert, he sang the tenor parts in Mahler‘s Das Lied von der Erde (Hamburg NDR) and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in Bolzano and Ravenna.
His appearances as Siegfried/ Götterdämmerung at Staatsoper Berlin, BBC Proms 2013 in London and at the Teatro alla Scala this with Daniel Barenboim, were highly acclaimed by press and audience. Recent engagements were Tristan under the baton of Myung-Whun Chung and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra as well as with the West Eastern Divan Orchestra under Daniel Barenboim in Sevilla, Max/ Freischütz in Cologne, his debut at Vlaamse Opera with Dmitri Jurowski in the part of Tristan, Apollo in Daphne conducted by Hartmut Haenchen at the Theatre du Capitole Toulouse and Rienzi in Riga, Europe’s cultural capital 2014, under the baton of Modestas Pitrenas. In October he sang the first act of Walküre in a concert performance with the Bamberger Symphonikern conducted by Jonathan Nott.
Among his current and future projects are Siegmund in Leipzig, the new staging of Parsifal at Staatsoper Berlin with Daniel Barenboim in March 2015, Apollo in Daphne in Cleveland and the Lincoln Center / New York as well as Menelas / Ägyptische Helena at Opera Frankfurt under the baton of Stefan Soltesz, Erik/Holländer at the Hamburg State Opera and Tannhäuser at the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp. Moreover he has been invited to sing Parsifal in Bayreuth in 2017 and 2018.
Andreas Schager performs often with maestro Valery Gergiev and in future also with Philippe Jordan. These cooporations will lead him to the Mariinsky in St. Petersburg, the national Opera Bastille in Paris and to the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
"True Heldentenors are rare and a singer like this is rarer still."