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The Mozarttenor

At that challenging time, the Bregenz City Theater was looking for a lyric tenor for Mozart's opera "Così fan tutte". Just one day after the premiere, I was surprisingly offered the role of "Tamino" in "Die Zauberflöte" at the Vienna State Opera. Some members of the management had attended the performance, primarily to assess a soprano, but in the end it was the tenor who aroused their interest and was hired.

Shortly afterwards, a month later, I found myself on the prestigious stage of the Vienna State Opera, an experience that will remain indelibly etched in my memory. Never before had I sung the role of Tamino, let alone in such a prestigious opera house. My deepest thanks go in particular to the prompter István Cserján, or rather the maestro suggeritore, who guided me through the role with sensitivity. His support was decisive in the Vienna State Opera finding a new Mozart tenor in me - a "successor to Anton Dermota and Waldemar Kmentt", as the newspaper reviews put it.


The comparison with these legendary tenors of the Vienna State Opera filled me with incredible euphoria and joy. These feelings were intensified when Eberhard Waechter, the director of the Vienna State Opera at the time, offered me a contract as a Mozart tenor.


Subsequently, I embodied roles such as "Don Ottavio" in "Don Giovanni", "Belmonte" in "Die Entführung aus dem Serail" and other "Taminos" in "Die Zauberflöte" and appeared in operas by Richard Strauss such as "Arabella" and "Capriccio". Working with outstanding tenor colleagues such as José Carreras, Gösta Winbergh, Plácido Domingo, Ben Heppner, Peter Seiffert and Luciano Pavarotti became a wonderful normality. Among the musical highlights of my early years at the Staatsoper were also the personal encounters with the great conductors such as Horst Stein and Heinrich Hollreiser, as well as with the established Kammersänger of the house.

My career has taken me on to engagements and performances at the world's most prestigious opera houses, including the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, La Scala in Milan, the Palais Garnier and the Opéra Bastille in Paris, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the Salzburg Festival and many others.

Herbert Lippert as Wiener Sängerknabe 1970
Herbert Lippert as Wiener Sängerknabe 1972

The Beginnings

Herbert Lippert with Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Herbert Lippert and Riccardo Muti at the Vienna Musikverein with Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

The great


Herbert Lippert exhibition Vöcklabruck 1982
Herbert Lippert Abitur musical pedagogical Realgymnasium School 
 Geswhin Rhapsody

Tenor & Painter Training

Herbert Lippert Cardillac Officer Vienna State Opera
Herbert Lippert - Eisenstein -Fledermaus - Mozart - Vienna State Opera

The time of change

Herbert Lippert David Meistersinger von Nürnberg Royal Opera House Covent Garden London
Herbert Lippert- Intermezzo Richard Strauss - Baron Lummer -Grande Theatre de Geneve - Switzerland

The first


Herbert Lippert OMIA Operetta Made In Austria Wiener Stadthalle
Herbert Lippert with Marcel Prawy Operetta Feast with Champagne and Joy

The Operetta

Herbert Lippert Alfred Fledermaus Mozart Vienna State Opera 1994
Herbert Lippert Tamino Magic Flute Mozart Royal Opera House Covent Garden London 1995

The Mozarttenor

Herbert Lippert Exhibition 3xMahler Gustav Mahlersaal Vienna State Opera House
Herbert Lippert with Placido Domingo at the exhibition in Salzburg "International Artfair

Development to the Universalartist

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