Werner Güra, tenor

German tenor Werner Güra, born in Munich, received his musical training at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and completed his vocal studies with Professor Kurt Widmer. Furthermore, he was coached by Nicolai Gedda, Professor Margreet Honig, Amsterdam, and Professor Wessela Zlateva, Vienna.


After guesting at the opera houses of Frankfurt and Basel he joined in 1995 the ensemble of the Semperoper Dresden where he sang the important Mozart and Rossini parts of his Fach. Daniel Barenboim invited Werner Güra for various productions at the Staatsoper Berlin. He continued as guest in Dresden and furthermore sang his highly acclaimed Mozart roles Tamino, Ferrando and Don Ottavio at Teatro Carlo Felice, Genova, Opera of Lille, La Monnaie Brussels and the Opéra National de Paris, at the Innsbruck Festival für Alte Musik and in Baden-Baden.


At this stage of his career, Werner Güra concentrates his activities to vocal-symphonic and oratorio works. He sang on the important European concert stages such as Konzerthaus and Musikverein Wien, Royal Festival Hall London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Philharmonie Berlin, Philharmonie Paris and worked with many orchestras including Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Wiener Symphoniker, BBC Symphony Orchestra, the German,  Dutch, Spanish, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestras, the Gulbenkian Orchestra Lissabon, with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, Michel Corboz, Sir Colin Davis, Adam Fischer, Bernard Haitink, Daniel Harding, Thomas Hengelbrock, Philippe Herreweghe, René Jacobs, Marek Janowski, Armin Jordan, Philippe Jordan, Ton Koopman, Fabio Luisi, Kurt Masur, John Nelson, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Sir Roger Norrington, Trevor Pinnock, Helmuth Rilling, Sir András Schiff, Ralf Weikert, Thomas Zehetmair, David Zinman. The tenor enjoys frequent co-operation with Nikolaus Harnoncourt under whose baton he appeared at Wiener Musikverein, Styriarte Festival, Philharmonie München, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and on tour in Japan.


Werner Güra is also much appreciated as Lied interpreter and gives recitals amongst others in the London Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Lincoln Center New York, Musikverein Wien, at the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg. Werner Güra teaches since 2009 at the Music Academy Zürich.



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Robert Schumann

Adventlied, Op. 71 (World première recording)

Ballade vom Pagen und der Königstochter, Op. 140

Johann Sebastian Bach

Cantata 105, version by Robert Schumann

Carolyn Sampson, soprano

Benno Schachtner, countertenor

Werner Güra, tenor

Cornelius Uhle, bass

Jonathan Sells, bass

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Helsinki Baroque Orchestra

Aapo Häkkinen, conductor

ODE 1312-2

Released 05/2018

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