Part of my family comes from Upper Austria, more precisely from Salzkammergut and the Hausruck quarter. So it is great and exciting for me to return to my roots with Orpheus in the Underworld in Bad Hall. Thus: ‘With joy, play and voice above all, go to Bad Hall!’
The Vienna born Georg Lehner initially studied oboe and worked with orchestras like the Vienna Symphonics or the Vienna Philharmonics for several years. Consequently, he decided to focus on singing and got a degree in Opera, Lied (art song) & Oratory at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, with KS Hilde Rössel-Majdan and Prof. KS Walter Berry.
Engagements as opera, operetta, lied, and oratory singer, as well as teaching master’s classes have led the lyric baritone to Japan, the USA, South America and various European countries. Master classes in the USA were among the highlights of the years 2014 and 2015. Since 2008 he has worked at the Vienna Volksoper, followed by regular performances at the opera festival Tino Pattiera in Dubrovnik and oratories and masses, for example at the Mozartfestwochen at the Salzburg Cathedral, and the Haydn Festtage in Eisenstadt. In order to promote the song culture in the Viennese ‘Josefstadt’, he founded the ‘Schubertiade im 8ten’ in 2012. Hence, he staged the ‘Liebesliedwalzer’ by Johannes Brahms, collaborating with Birgid Steinberger, Angelika Kirchschlager and Norbert Ernst, accompanied by Georg Beckmann and Antoinette van Zabner on the piano. He is also the artistic director of the project.
Among his most recent engagements were Die Winterreise at Stift Sankt Lambrecht, accompanied by Georg Beckmann, the summer operetta in Baden (Frasquita, Lehár), and Die schöne Müllerin with Peter Matic and Georg Beckmann at MuTh in Vienna. Since 2015 Georg Lehner has taught voice and interpretation at Richard-Wagner-Konservatorium in Vienna.