The solistic career of the bass singer started after his diploma at the Hochschule für Musik Leipzig with an award at the International Dvorak-competition in Karlovy Cary in 1980, followed by an engagement at the Staatsoper Dresden from 1982-86. An enormous ambitus, the variety of beautiful colours in his voice, technical brilliance, musical intensity and dramatic talent characterise his singing together with broad dynamic range and perfect intonation and articulation - not an implicitness for singers also active on the opera stage today.
Soon Wolf also established himself in the field of concert, song and oratorio. His ability to sing very focused and to blend smoothly with an ensemble in spite of his grand volume and especially his curiosity for research and discoveries in Baroque repertoire made him one of the most sought-after singers of the early music scene today. His regular work with directors as Howard Arman, Michel Corboz, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Roy Goodmann, Marek Janowski, Konrad Junghänel, Fabio Luisi, Rudolf Lutz, Nicholas McGegan, Kurt Masur, Philippe Herreweghe, Peter van Heyghen oder Alessandro De Marchi and many others often leads him to the most important concert houses and festivals on all continents.
In 2002 he was one of the founders of the Kerll-Rosenmüller-festival in his native region, the Vogtland, which until 2006 presented yearly performances of music by Johann Caspar Kerll, Johann Rosenmüller and Sebastian Knüpfer.
Amongst Wolf‘s most recent opera productions are parts in works by Monteverdi, Legrenzi, Steffani, Händel, Mozart, Rossini, Wagner and Cimarosa, but also Weill, Shi, Matthus and Zimmermann in opera houses and festivals in for instance Cologne, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Schwetzingen, Innsbruck, Halle, Drottningholm, Berlin, Hamburg, Wiesbaden, Potsdam, Dresden, Munich, Tanglewood or New York.
The singer appears on the most important early music festivals worldwide (Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht, Tage Alter Musik Regensburg, Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik....), but also presents recitals and Lied concerts with for instance pianist Norman Shetler or fortepianist Linda Nicholson.
Furthermore plenty of broadcast productions as well as more than 60 CD and DVD recordings reflect the wide spectrum of his musical interests, ranging from the Renaissance up to contemporary music.
SONUS about Wolf Matthias Friedrich:
Wolf surely has all qualities which one could imagine for a singer in Early Music - and some more: he does lead his warm, round and very flexible voice with flawless technique and is able so sing formidably fine in spite of his enormous volume, so that also coloratures are highly pleasurable to hear with him. Besides he also can sing long, vibrato-less notes. His huge vocal range, his seamlessly smooth sound through all ranges of the bass repertoire recommend him as quite versatile singer, as he sings higher pieces as perfectly effortless as lower ones. Text-focused phrasing and impeccable intonation included.
But aside from this technical aspects Wolf particularly fascinates through his extraordinary intense musical shaping, through his expressive intention. Thanks to his long experience not only as a singer in concert, Lied and oratorio but also in the field of (Baroque) opera he has learned to sing wonderfully dramatical, free and expressive, but at the same time always with a reliable sense of the respective style of the music, as well as very naturally. His great emotional engagement, which always remains entirely authentic, makes his singing rather intoxicating for collegues and audiences.
Johann Melchior Gletle: Salve Regina Les Cornets noirs
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Arie Ist nicht des Herrn Wort wie ein Feuer aus dem Oratorium Elias Ars Viva Ensemble Freiburg, direction: Florian Cramer
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Arie Herr, Gott Abrahams aus dem Oratorium Elias Ars Viva Ensemble Freiburg, direction: Florian Cramer
Franz Schubert: Prometheus with David Timm - piano
Giuseppe Verdi: Confutatis maledictis from Missa da Requiem Leipziger Universitätschor, direction: David Timm