Werner Güra

Born 1964.

German classical tenor


Werner Güra (born 1964) is a German classical tenor in opera, concert and Lied, also an academic teacher in Zurich.

Güra was born in Munich. He studied at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg. He continued his studies with Kurt Widmer at the Musik-Akademie der Stadt Basel and with Margreet Honig in Amsterdam. He took courses in acting with Ruth Berghaus and Theo Adam.

On the opera stage he performed as a guest artist at the Frankfurt Opera and the Theater Basel. He was a member of the Semperoper in Dresden from 1994 to 1999, singing especially parts of Mozart and Rossini. Since 1998 he has been a guest at the Staatsoper Berlin.

In concert he performed in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Philippe Herreweghe at the Salzburg Festival. He also collaborated with conductors such as Peter Schreier, Wolfgang Gönnenwein and Friedemann Layer. In 2002, he recorded the tenor arias in Bach's St Matthew Passion, conducted by Enoch zu Guttenberg, with Marcus Ullmann as the Evangelist and Klaus Mertens as Jesus. In 2004, he appeared at the Rheingau Musik Festival in Handel's Messiah, with che choir and orchestra Bamberger Symphony conducted by Rolf Beck in Eberbach Abbey, recorded live. In 2008, he sang in Mendelssohn’s Paulus with the Kammerchor Stuttgart and the Klassische Philharmonie Stuttgart, conducted by Frieder Bernius, at the Tonhalle Düsseldorf. In 2009, he appeared again at the Rheingau Musik Festival in Schumann's Das Paradies und die Peri.

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