Born in Luzern, Switzerland, Cornel Frey started to sing very early with the “Luzerner Singknaben”. He studied voice with Prof. Jakob Stämpfli at the “Hochschule für Musik und Theater Bern” and graduated in 2003.
During season 2002/03 he was a part of the international Opera studio Zurich, where he made his debut with the title role of Britten’s Albert Herring.
From 2003 to 2009 he was a member of the Wuppertaler Bühnen. There he performed various character roles, so also Pedrillo – for this part the magazine „Theater Pur“ has chosen him as the best young artist for his performance in NRW.
In 2005 he took part in the Wiener Festwochen as Aufidio (“Lucio Silla”) under the baton of Nikolaus Harnoncourt and repeated the role in 2006 at the Theater an der Wien.
In the season 2009/10 Cornel Frey became a member of the Bayerische Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich. Further engagements led him to the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele with Wolfgang Gönnenwein, the lucerne festival with Alois Koch, the Wiener Festwochen and the styriarte Festival in Graz, where he appeared in Offenbach’s “La Grande-Duchesse de Gerolstein“ with Nikolaus Harnoncourt (direction: Jürgen Flimm).
In 2011 he made his debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich singing Remendado in “Carmen” with Dan Ettinger.
From the beginning of season 12/13 Cornel Frey is an ensemble member of the Deutschen Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf/Duisburg. Here he is seen as: Mime (Wagner "Der Ring des Nibelungen"), Pedrillo (Mozart "The abduction frim the seraglio"), Knusperhexe (Humperdinck "Haensel and Gretel") and Brighella (Strauss "Ariadne on Naxos").
Recently he gave his debut at Hamburg State Opera and appeared again at Styriarte festival Graz with Nikolaus Harnoncourt. He sung Evangelist and Tenor arias in Bachs “Matthäus-Passion” at Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome with Antonio Pappano.
In 2014 he took part in world first performance of RE:IGEN bei Bernhard Lang at the Schwetzingen Festival.
As a concert singer he has a great repertory including works by Britten, Schoeck, Szymanowski and especially the great oratorios and cantatas by J.S. Bach.
A CD recording of lieder by Beethoven and Schubert was issued bei Sonate in 2005.
12 July 2021
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