René Pape

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René Pape: Sorry, gay people. I was drunk

The German bass has issued this late-night apology for an anti-Pride comment on the Metropolitan Opera site:. To my dear friends, colleagues, and followers: I am deeply sorry for the pain and hurt I caused so many people by the comments I posted on Facebook. There is no excuse for it, and none of this matches what I feel in my heart. The disappointment I have in myself and what I said is something I will not move past anytime soon, if ever.
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René Pape: an enduring image

The German bass, 58, has announced he will not return to the Metropolitan Opera following its enthusiastic support for Pride Week. In the image below, Herr Pape appears as the devil Méphistophélès in Gounod’s Faust at the ROH, Covent Garden. A sweet parting memory. .
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René Pape faces job threat in Berlin

The comments René Pape posted on social media regarding the Metropolitan Opera’s participation in the Pride Parade in New York have caused great irritation in the house and among the management. René Pape is a long-standing and valued member of the ensemble of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, who can currently be seen on our stage, and management sought out a personal discussion with him about these intolerable comments directly. It is clear that homophobia and discrimination of any kind have absolutely no place in our house and will not be accepted. During the conversation, René Pape announced that he will publish a statement and we would like to give him the opportunity to do so.
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René Pape Makes Homophobic Comments & Vows Not to Return to the Metropolitan Opera

René Pape is facing backlash after making homophobic comments following New York City’s Pride Parade and has vied to not return to the Metropolitan Opera. The bass commented on the Metropolitan Opera Chorus’ Facebook page stating, “Wow! For me a reason to not come back! Dear Met thanks for the last 35 years! What I see now…Terrible! People who don’t know who they are are using these fantastic institution to explain to them who they should be! And if the explanation doesn’t fit the world is bad! Thanks New York for a great time in a great world! Now you ae just a rest what you have been! I feel sorry for this wonderful city! Ok, see you somewhere soon…”
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René Pape says he won’t return to the Met after Pride week

The German bass has surprised many colleagues with a condemnation of Pride activities at the Metropolitan Opera. The post that triggered his reaction read: People from all departments at The Metropolitan Opera came together to celebrate and march for #pride at the NYC Pride Parade on Sunday. Here are some videos provided by chorister #RemyMartin, who represented us well!

René Pape performs Scene VII of Boris Godunov

René Pape, playing the title character in Boris Godunov, performs a section of Scene VII. In Modest Mussorgsky’s opera, the Russian Tsar finds himself caught between his own ambition and his growing paranoia.

Grigory Shkarupa Replaces René Pape in Staatsoper Berlin’s ‘Lohengrin’

(Credit: Daniil Rabovsky) The Staatsoper Unter den Linden has announced that bass Grigory Shkarupa will replace René Pape in the role of Heinrich der Vogler in Wagner’s “Lohengrin” for the performances on April 24, 30, and May 7, 2022. Shkarupa joins a cast that includes Vida...

Georg Zeppenfeld Replaces René Pape in Wiener Staatsoper’s ‘Parsifal’

(Credit: Georg Zeppenfeld) The Wiener Staatsoper has announced that bass René Pape will not be appearing in the role of Gurnemanz in the run of Wagner’s “Parsifal.”. As a result, German bass Georg Zeppenfeld will take over the role. Zeppenfeld joins a cast that includes Wolfgang Koch, Anja Kampe, Nikolay Sidorenko, Artyom Wasnetsov, Carlos Osuna, Erik Van Heyningen, Patricia Nolz, Stephanie Maitland, Daniel Jenz, Angelo Pollak, Ileana Tonca, Anna Nekhames, Aurora Marthens, Slávka Zámečníková, Joanna Kędzior, Isabel Signoret, and Brandon Jovanovich in the title role. Philippe Jordan conducts a production by Kirill Serebrennikov.

René Pape Leads Metropolitan Opera’s ‘Boris Godunov’ Revival

(Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera) On Sept. 28, the Metropolitan Opera is set to open Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov.”. The company will revive Stephen Wadsworth’s celebrated 2010 production which saw the Met perform the 1875 version of the opera. It was broadcast live in cinemas with critics noting the production was “coherent and strong.”