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The time of change

The most striking and probably most formative singing challenge of my entire career at the Vienna State Opera unfolded during the tenure of Dominique Meyer and his General Music Director Franz Welser-Möst.

The desire for an artistic change was kindled in me a decade ago by my esteemed friend and mentor Marcel Prawy. Despite my initial reluctance and the warnings associated with the change from lyric tenor to Wagnerian heldentenor, Prawy's insistent words could not let me go in the end.

My debut as a heldentenor was the opening of the new directorate under Dominique Meyer with Paul Hindemith's opera "Cardillac". I was deeply grateful to return to the Vienna State Opera after a decade, especially when I was entrusted with the role of the "Officer". It was a truly heroic leap into the unknown to stand on this stage again, combined with great joy, but also not without risks. But accepting the challenge was unavoidable for me.

As a result, my switch to the heldentenor repertoire proved to be a success. Dominique Meyer quickly recognized me as the ideal house and heldentenor. So I was privileged to perform in extraordinary and grandiose roles until his departure from the Vienna State Opera.


I embodied "Bacchus" in Richard Strauss' "Ariadne auf Naxos", "Paul" in "Die tote Stadt" by Erich W. Korngold, the title role in Richard Wagner's "Lohengrin", "Peter Grimes" by Benjamin Britten, "Jim Mahoney" in "Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny" by Kurt Weill, "Loge" in Wagner's "Rheingold", "Erik" in "Der fliegende Holländer", "Siegmund" in "Die Walküre", the Tambourmajor in Alban Berg's "Wozzeck" and "Alwa" in "Lulu", also by Alban Berg.

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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