The German bass Georg Zeppenfeld studied in Detmold and in Cologne with Hans Sotin. From 2001 to 2005 he was an ensemble member at the Semperoper Dresden. Working with the conductors Myung-Whun Chung, Daniele Gatti, Fabio Luisi, Zubin Mehta, Kent Nagano, Peter Schneider, Marcello Viotti and Claudio Abbado, he was able to built up a wide-ranging repertory which includes Sarastro, Figaro, Don Alfonso, Zaccaria, Sparafucile, Banco, Padre Guardiano, Philip II, Landgrave Hermann, King Henry, Veit Pogner, Fasolt, King Marke, Gurnemanz, Seneca (L'incoronazione di Poppea), Pimen (Boris Godunov), the Water Goblin (Rusalka) and Peneios (Daphne). He has appeared in almost every major opera house in Europe and also at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Chicago Lyric Opera and the San Francisco Opera. He made his Bayreuth debut in 2010 as King Henry (Lohengrin), returning in 2011 for Veit Pogner (Meistersinger). He has appeared at the Glyndebourne Festival as King Marke, in Baden-Baden as Sarastro and at the Salzburg Festival, most recently as Pogner and as Stefano Colonna (Rienzi).
As a concert singer Georg Zeppenfeld has been heard in a wide-ranging repertory with many of the world’s leading orchestras under conductors such as Christian Thielemann, Pierre Boulez, Riccardo Chailly, Lorin Maazel and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. At the Salzburg Easter Festival he performed in several concerts. Furthermore he was Lodovico in the 2016 Otello production and Hunding in Die Walküre in 2017. At the 2019 Festival he will make his role debut as Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.