Jaco Venter

The South African Baritone Jaco Venter studied in Pretoria, London and San Francisco, where he sang roles like Mozarts Don Giovanni,
Guglielmo in Cosi fan Tutte, Ping in Puccini´s Turandot and John Proctor from Robert Ward´s „The Crucible“ as well as Oratorios like
Bach´s „B Minor Mass“ in Los Angeles and the „Magnificat“. Mr Venter made his German Debut in Pforzheim as Germont in Verdi´s
„La Traviata“ where he was also enjoyed as La Bete in Phillip Glass´s „La Belle et La Bete“, Nick Shadow in Strawinski´s „The Rakes
Progress“ as well as Verdi´s Rigoletto. From 2004 to 2011 he was member of the ensemle in the National
theater Mannheim where he debuted as the title role in Verdi´s Simon Boccanegra and then built an impressive repertoire in numerous
languages and styles. From Escamillo in Bizet´s Carmen to Rangoni in Mussorgkski´s Boris Godunof, from Peter in Humperdinck´s Hänsel und Gretel to Starek in Janacek´s Jenufa and Police Chef in Shostakovic´s Lady Macbeth of Mtzensk. It is the Italian repertoire though that he is mostly hailed for. Tonio in Leoncavallo´s I Pagliacci, Alfio in Mascagni´s Cavalleria Rusticana, Puccini`s Scarpia in Tosca, Michele in Il Tabarro, Gianni Schicchi, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Verdi´s Rigoletto,
Macbeth, Jago in Otello, Amonasro in Aida, Posa in Don Carlo, Renato in Verdi´s Un Ballo in Maschera, Don Carlo in Ernani, Luna in Il
Trovatore as well as Enrico in Donizetti´s Lucia di Lammermoor and Barnaba in Ponchielli`s La Gioconda.
Jaco Venter joined the ensemble of the Badische Staatstheater in Karlsruhe in 2011 where he made his highly successful Wagner debut as
Telramund in Lohengrin following with a vast repertoire including Gunther in Götterdämmerung, Klingsor in Parsifal, Balstrode in
Britten`s Peter Grimes. His most recent success was enjoyed as Verdis Falstaff and Der Fürst in Krazas Verlobung im Traum. Future roles include Alberich in Wagners Der Ring des Nibelungen.