Wolfgang Vater  Bass, actor, reciter, moderator


Wolfgang Vater is a regular guest at the Staatstheater Wiesbaden. Here he could be seen in roles like Dr. VOLTAIRE alias Dr. PANGLOSS in Bernstein’s “Candide” and WOTAN in Elfriede Jelinek’s “Rein Gold” , productions by Uwe Laufenberg’s, as HANS FOLTZ in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, ANTONIO in Le nozze di Figaro, INCEEPER and SERGEANT in Manon, BENOIT and ALCINDORO in La Boheme…

After engagements at the Bielefeld Theatre and the Gelsenkirchen Theatre, the versatile artist has been a member of the Wiesbaden Theatre since 1991.
Here, as well as in numerous guest performances he enjoyed huge successes in roles such as KOTHNER, FRANK in “Die Fledermaus”, UNCLE JOSSE in “Der Vetter aus Dingsda”, as the PRINCE LIPPERT-WEYLERSHEIM in “Die Csárdásfürstin” and as PICKERING in “My Fair Lady”…

Guest Peformances already brought the singer to Paris, the Theatre Chatelet, the Genoa Opera, the Gärtnerplatz State Theatre, the Frankfurt Opera, the Mannheim National Theatre, the Karlsruhe State Theatre, the operas of Bonn, Dusseldorf, Kiel, Dortmund, Nuremburg,…

He sang concerts with the Berlin Philharmonics, at the Hamburg Music Hall, the Paris Music Conservatory, Stuttgart, with the Hannover Boys Choir,…
During his engagement as a singer in Gelsenkirchen, he simultaneously started a career as reciter and actor portraying a.o. SELIM BASSA in Mozart’s “Die Entführung aus dem Serail”. This very role, he later also played at the Darmstadt Festival and in semi concertant performances in Ludwigshafen. In the latter the almost completely deleted dialogues were replaced by a text edition, written by Vater, showing the story as a flashback out of Selim’s memories.
In Wiesbaden the artist is also in demand as an actor, reciter and concert moderator e.g. as the ‘Prince of Aragon’ in Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice”, Mr. Schultz in “Cabaret”…

The Wiesbaden State Theatre’s contribution to the Hessian Theatre Days in Magdeburg in 1997 ‚Franz Kafka. Nur Träume Kein Schlaf’ with music from Robert Schuhmann and Gustav Mahler, a literary - musical evening was written and read by Wolfgang Vater:. In 1998 he presented his ‚Wagner in Wiesbaden – und überhaupt ...’

Moreover, Wolfgang Vater regularly gives readings at the Wiesbaden Literature House, on the occasion of the Frankfurt Book Fair or the World Day of the Book. Since 2002 Wolfgang Vater presents ‘Wiesbaden reads’ at the Wiesbaden Literature House. This event, on which prominent Wiesbaden citizens present their favorite authors and literary works, takes place several times a year.

In November 2003 he appeared three evenings with the American author John Grisemer, whose novel SIGNAL AND NOISE made the German bestseller list. In these readings Grisemer himself read excerpts from his English original version and Vater read the German translation. These events took place in the Wiesbaden Literature House, in the German Library in Frankfurt, organized by the America House and at the first Bestseller Night of the German magazine ‘Focus’.

Since a few years Wolfgang Vater is also a very much sought-after Concert Moderator with the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, the Nuremburg Symphonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Prague State Opera, the Rheinland Pfalz State Philharmonics, the SWR Radio Symphonic Orchestra, the Johann-Strauss-Orchestra Wiesbaden performing in such locations as the Jahrhunderthalle Hoechst, Palais de la musique Strasbourg, the Old Opera Frankfurt, Ludwigshafen, Kaiserslautern, the Concert Hall Gendarmenmarkt Berlin with the Berlin Symphonic Orchestra …

For the Wiesbaden State Theatre the artist wrote a version of THE MAGIC FLUTE FOR CHILDREN, in which he is Papageno, narrating Mozart’s opera. In autumn 2003 he presented the ballet evening “The Sleeping Beauty” with music from P.I. Tschaikowsky in a choreography by Ben Cauwenbergh.

Since January 2004 Wolfgang Vater also lectures speech training at the Wiesbaden Music Academy.


ABAO Opera Bilbao - The Abduction from the Seraglio - SELIM BASSA
(Konstanze: Jessica Pratt)
ABAO Opera Bilbao - The Abduction from the Seraglio - SELIM BASSA
(Konstanze: Jessica Pratt)
ABAO Opera Bilbao - The Abduction from the Seraglio - SELIM BASSA
(Konstanze: Jessica Pratt)
Staatstheater Wiesbaden - Le nozze di Figaro - ANTONIO
Staatstheater Wiesbaden - La Boheme - BENOIT