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Thomas Piffka Tenor

Tenor Thomas Piffka studied at the Cologne Conservatory, where Josef Metternich was among his teachers. Today, he teaches there himself.

During his studies he followed first engagements and has since been guest at various famous national and international opera houses, for example at the Berlin State Opera, at the Teatro alla Scala di Milano, at the Salzburg Festival and the Vienna Festival Weeks, at the Opéra de Lyon, at Dijon, Malmo and Gothenburg, at the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, at the Palm Beach Opera, in Berne, Basel, Graz and St. Gallen, at the Cologne Opera, in Weimar, Leipzig and at the Comic Opera in Berlin, in Wiesbaden at the State Theatre as well as at the International May Festival, at the State Opera in Karlsruhe, in Essen, Dortmund, Giessen and Kassel, at the Vienna Volksoper, and in Luxembourg.

In 2009-10 season, Piffka gave his highly acclaimed role debut as Alwa|Lulu at the Opéra de Lyon, followed by appearances in the same role at La Scala in Milan, at Vienna and in a new production conducted by Marc Albrecht at the Salzburg Festival, which was subsequently published on DVD. In the same season, he performed as well as Erik|Der fliegende Holländer, as Kalaf|Turandot, Florestan|Fidelio, Ismaele|Nabucco and as Don José|Carmen.

In 2010-11 he sang Ismaele, Don José, Edwin|Die Csardasfürstin and Tamino|Die Zauberflöte in Essen, Pinkerton|Madama Butterfly amongst others in Malmö, Kalaf at the Opéra de Dijon, Erik at Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, and he made his debut as Claire Quilty in Shchedrin's Lolita at the opening of the 'Internationale Maifestspiele' in Wiesbaden.

2011-12 Piffka embodied Florestan at the Hessian State Theatre in Wiesbaden, he sang as Hoffmann|Les contes d'Hoffmann in Essen, as Guido Bardi|Eine florentinische Tragödie in Lyon, he performed as Alwa in a new production of Andrea Breth conducted by Daniel Barenboim at the Berlin State Opera, and he sang the part of Erik at Cologne Opera.

2012-13 Piffka returned to Essen as Hoffmann, Tamino and Pinkerton, he performed as Father in the world premiere of Der Sandmann at the Basel Theatre, he sang the role of Paolo|Fosca in Gießen, and he gave his debut as Bacchus|Ariadne auf Naxos at the Hungarian State Opera in Budapest.

2013-14 Piffka performed as Hauptmann|Wozzeck at Cologne Opera, and sang as Erik in Serbia together with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra. At the Hungarian State Opera in Budapest, Piffka performed as Erik as well, and a bit later again as Bacchus.

Engagements of the 2014-15 season included roles such as  Kaiser|Die Frau ohne Schatten in Wiesbaden, Graf Elemer|Arabella at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Quint|The turn of the screw in Wiesbaden, Inquisitore|Il prigioniero in Cologne and Alwa again at Berlin's State Opera under the baton of Daniel Barenboim.

In 2016 Piffka sang Stolzing|Meistersinger in Chemnitz, René|Der Graf von Luxemburg in Wiesbaden, Der Vater|Der Sandmann with Frankfurt Opera and Hauptmann|Wozzeck in Amsterdam. In 2017 Thomas Piffka will return to Lyon as  Aegisth and Melot and will debut as Alwa at the Rome Opera.

Other roles of Piffka's extensive repertoire include for example Matteo|Arabella, Sou-Chong|Das Land des Lächelns, Narraboth|Salome, Boris|Katja Kabanowa, Orpheus|Orpheus in der Unterwelt, Malandrino|Banditenstreiche, Hans|Die verkaufte Braut, Max|Der Freischütz, Werther, Faust, Stewa|Jenufa, Graf Zedlau|Wiener Blut, Alfonso|Alfonso and Estrella, Der Graf von Luxemburg, Marquis|Der Spieler, Tassilo|Gräfin Mariza, Octavio|Giuditta, Hoffegut|Die Vögel, Giovanni|Mona Lisa.