German tenor Werner Güra, born in Munich, received his musical training at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and comple¬ted his vocal studies with Kurt Widmer. Furthermore he was coached by Nicolai Gedda, Margreet Honig, Amsterdam, and Wessela Zlateva, Vienna.
After guesting at the opera houses of Frankfurt and Basel he joined in 1995 the ensemble of the Semperoper Dresden where he sang the important Mozart and Rossini parts of his Fach. Guest engagements led him to the Staatsoper Berlin Staatsoper Berlin, Opéra National de Paris, La Monnaie Brussels, Teatro Carlo Felice, Genova, Opera of Lille, at the Innsbruck Festival für Alte Musik and to Baden-Baden. After a long period of only concert appearances Werner Güra decided to participate in Opera Zurich’s new production of “Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in patria” in May/June 2014.
At this stage of his career, Werner Güra concentrates his activities to vocal-symphonic and oratoria works. He sang on the important European concert stages and worked with many major orchestras and famous conductors. Season 2018/19 sees Schubert‘s Mass in E-flat major at the Vienna Musikverein with Riccardo Mut, Britten’s ‘War Requiem’ with the Vienna Symphony and Philppe Jordan, Haydn’s ‘Creation‘ in Eisenstadt, Mendelsohn’s ‘Elias’ with Philippe Herreweghe in Brussels, Poitiers and Essen, Beethoven’s 9th symphony in Munich, Bach’s ‘St. John Passion‘ with Akademie für Alte Musik Belrin in Brescia, Munich and Berlin, followed by Beethoven’s 9th symphony with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Manfred Honeck.
Werner Güra is also much appreciated as Lied interpreter and gives recitals amongst others in the London Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Lincoln Center New York, Musikverein Wien, at the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg.
In recital, Werner Güra appears at the Berlin Konzerthaus, La Monnaie in Brussels, Pierre Boulez Hall in Berlin, London Wigmore Hall and in Geneva. 2018/19 recitals will include Hugo Wolf's ’Italian Songbook’ with Anke Vondung and Christoph Berner in Berlin and Brussels. At London's Wigmore Hall, he will sing together with Marlis Petersen, with a solo evening and with Brahms's ’Liebeslieder-Walzern’, which can also be heard in Geneva.
Werner Güra teaches since 2009 at the Music Academy Zürich.