René Rumpold

Tenor,  Stage Director,  Author

The Austrian-born Tenor trained in New York and Vienna,and studied acting with the famous Austrian Film–and Theatre Actor and Producer Fritz Muliar.

He augmented his practical training with studies in Music-and Theatre Sciences, in which he holds two Doctorates from the University of Vienna.

His many performances have taken him to houses as wide reaching as the Her Majesty´s Theatre, Bloomsbury Theatre and Opera Factory in London, the Teatro Olimpico in Rome, the GlimmerglassOpera in New York, the Schubert-Theatre (Broadway), Santa Fe Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona),Opera House in Beijing, as well as the Opera Minneapolis, Concertgebouw Amsterdam where he also enjoyed success as a Stage Director.

In the German speaking world he has performed at the Vienna State Opera and Volksoper, the Vienna Chamber Opera, the Theater an der Wien, the Graz Opera, the Landestheater Salzburg, Theatre/Opera St.Gallen (Switzerland), Opernhaus Zurich, the Stadttheater- Baden and Klagenfurt,Ronacher and Raimund Theater in Viennaand many leading Opera Houses throughout Germany.

He also has been performing in many of the world’s prestigious concert halls, such as the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Vienna, as well as many international Festivals like the Saint Louis Opera, Sommer-Opern-Spektakel Römische Ruine Schönbrunn etc.

He has worked together in Productions with Harold Prince, Phillip Glass, Maximilian Schell, Anthony Davis,  LeonardBernstein,  Zubin Mehta, Mikis Theodorakis, Melina Mercouri, George Tabori, H.W. Henze, Gerhard Bronner, Jerry Bock, Nigel Osborne, Plácido Domingo, Edita Gruberová, Tamar Iveri, Neil Shicoff, Maya Hakvoort, Agnes Baltsa…

Tours through USA, Canada, Japan, China, Hongkong, India, Singapor, South Africa, and all over Europe like: Great Britain, Germany, Nederlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, France, Slowakia, Chech-Republic, Russia etc. round the carrier of the multi-talented Artist up.


His Repertoire includes:


Wenzel (The Bartered Bride), Basilio/Curzio (The Marriage of Figaro), Beppo (I Pagliacci), Duncairo/Remendado (Carmen), Tamino / Monostatos (The Magic Flute), Veit (Undine), 1st Officer (The Lighthouse), Roderick Usher (The Fall of the House of Usher), Soldier (The Emperor of Atlantis), Tenor (Riemann Opera), Mr. Keen (The English Cat), Captain Macheath (The Beggars Opera), The Nose (The Nose by Schostakovitch) Gastone (La Traviata), Loge (Rheingold), Mime (Der Ring der Nibelungen), Herode (Salome), Tenor (Bus Nr.11), Walter v. d. Vogelweide (Tannhäuser), Mr. Smith (Cantatrice Calva), The Exploiter (Lacrymosa 91), Pedro / Lorenzo (Wundertheater - H.Lauermann), Feitl (Das Donauergeschenk), Bürgermeister (Erendira), Scheitermann (Frühere Verhältnisse - O.Ostermann), The Witch (Hansel and Gretel), Francois (A Quiet Place), St. Magnus (Das Martyrium des heiligen Magnus), Lord Puff (The English Cat), Peter Quint (The Turn of the Screw), Zar / Kostschej (Vasilisa the Beautiful), Pang (Turandot), Podesta (La finta giardiniera), Mime / Loge (Rheingold)and many others

Roles in Preparation:  Arbaces (Idomeneo), Steuermann (Der fliegende Holländer)


Count Danilo (The Merry Widow), Gabriel von Eisenstein (The Bat), Paris (la Belle Helene),  Leutenant Gustl (The Land of Smiles), Leutenant Niki (A Waltz Dream), Edwin (The Gipsy Princess), Count Tassilo (Countess Mariza), Boccaccio and Prince Pietro (Boccaccio), Paul Aubier (Opera Ball), Caramello (A Night in Venice), Pluto (Orpheus in the Underworld), Jim Boy/ Prince Lilo Taro/Captain Stone (The Flower of Hawaii) Theophil (Frau Luna), Lelio Down (Clivia), Graf Zedlau / Josef (Viennese Blood), Lohengelb (Lohengelb), Prince Casimir (La princesse de Trébizonde), Major A.Spiritoff (The Chocolate Soldier), King Gunther (The Merry Nibelungs), R.von Muggenheim (The Tramps), Ganymed (The Beautiful Galatea), Eddin (1001 Night), Frank Rex (Saison in Salzburg), Mustapha Bey (Ball at the Savoy), Costa (Casanova), Tagala  (The Tourist Guide), Paris / Menelaus ( La belle Helene), Frick / Raoul de Gardefeu / Brasilianer (La Vie Parisienne), Pluto (Orphée aux enfers), Count Jaromir von Greifenstein (Die Goldene Meisterin) and many others


The Title Role of Phantom(in the original London Production of Phantom of the Opera, Directed by Harold Prince), George (in the first German Language Production of SHE LOVES ME at Vienna´s Ronacher Theatre), the Title Role in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Kaloutha Theatro Athens and Vienna, Tony (West Side Story – Broadway/Schubert Theatre, Directed by Harold Prince), Claude in HAIR at the Graz Opera, Escamillio in the Chamber Opera Production of CARMEN NEGRA, Jigger Craigin in CAROUSEL, Cole Porter in the COLEPORTER STORY and George Gershwin (The George Gershwin Story), Arnie in JOE & JULIE, The Emperor Adonis I. of  THE EMPERORS NEW CLOTHES, Cervantes / Don Quichote in THE MAN OF LA MANCHA, Zaza / Albin in LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, Edna Turnblad in HAIRSPRAY, Che / Peron in EVITA, Conferencier in CABARET, Paul in LILI, Graf Andrassy in SISI, Kaiser Franz-Joseph in SISSY, Willy Hellwig in THE THREE FROM THE FILLING STATION, Freddy / Prof. Higgins in MY FAIR LADY, Jean Valjean / Javert in LES MISERABLES, Fred Graham / Petrucchio in KISS ME KATE, Billy in CAROUSEL, Gepetto in PINOCCHIO and many others

Other Engagements include Captain in the Austrian Premiere of Nigel Osborne´s “The Terrible Mouth”, Paris (La Belle Helene – Antikenfestspiele Trier), Podesta in Mozart´s La Finta Giardiniera, Raoul de Gardefeu (La Vie Parisienne) at the Münster Opera House, two Musical-Worldpremieres: Joe & Julie (Arnie), The Emperors new Clothes (The Emperor), Die Fledermaus/The Bat (Gabriel von Eisenstein) with HGO in Amsterdam/Arnhem/Nederlands – (Title-role and Stage-Director) and the “Gala für entartete Musik alongside Tamar Iveri, Neil Shicoff and many others


The Artist appeared also very successfully in several international productions as a Stage Director.

St.Louis Opera

  • La Cenerentola (Rossini)
  • Carmen (Bizet)
  • The Magic Flute (Mozart)

Opera Minneapolis                        

  • The Magic Flute (Mozart)

Glimmerglass Opera                     

  • Countess Mariza (Kalman)
  • The Turn of the Screw (Britten)

Mozart in Reinsberg / Concertgebouw Amsterdam / Arnhem - Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra

  • The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart)

Arnhem - Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra

  • Die Fledermaus (The Bat) - also Title-role (Strauss Jr.)
  • Don Giovanni (Mozart)

Opera Factory London

  • The English Cat (Henze)
  • The Emperor of Atlantis (Ullmann)

Abbey Opera London

  • Il segreto di Susanna (Wolf-Ferrari)

Santa Fe Opera Festival

  • Carmen (Bizet)

Opera Bratislava

  • Carmen (Bizet)

Chamber Opera Vienna

  • The Merry Nibelungs (O. Straus)
  • Die Fledermaus (The Bat) (Strauss Jr.)

Bühne Baden

  • No, I don´t regret nothing - Edith Piaf (Rumpold)
  • The George Gershwin Story (Gershwin / Rumpold)
  • The Audition - Die ersten Schritte zum Showbiz
  • A NEW SHOW - Szenen auf und hinter der Bühne
  • Die Frau das schwächere Geschlecht?

Vienna Urania Theatre                 

  • The George Gershwin Story (Gershwin / Rumpold)
  • No, I don´t regret nothing – Edith Piaf (Rumpold)
  • Mythos? – what a nonsense – Marlene Dietrich (Rumpold)

Schauspielhaus Wien                      

  • Tosca (V. Sardou)

Reinsberg Festival                           

  • The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart)
  • No, I don´t regret nothing - Edith Piaf  (Rumpold)
  • The George Gershwin Story (Gershwin / Rumpold)


  • Il secreto di Susanna (Wolff-Ferrari)
  • Tosca (Sardou)

and many others


  • Include leading roles in the Austrian Broadcasting Corperation Series "DIE LIEBE FAMILIE", "ARTUR RIMBAUD – PROTOCOL", "TATORT".
  • Co-Presentation of  the TV-Series "STARS"with the Greek Hollywood-Star Melina Mercouri (Until 1993),
  • "PASTICCIO" Presenter of the Austrian Radio Classical Program (ORF)
  • "HELLO AUSTRIA – HALLO VIENNA" (Austrian-US TV Co-operation).


  • The George Gershwin Story (Worldpremiere in Berlin 2006) – Gallissas/Berlin
  • No, I don´t regret nothing – Edith Piaf  (Worldpremiere in Vienna 2008)
  • Mythos? Such a nonsense – Marlene Dietrich (Worldpremiere in Berlin 2009)
  • KFJ – Kaiser Franz Joseph – The Musical (Composed by Frizz Fischer – Worldpremiere in Vienna 2009)
  • My last travelMelina Mercouri (Worldpremiere in Vienna 2010)
  • Feathers  (Worldpremiere in Vienna 2011)
  • Max und Moritz and their last dirty tricks  – A Musical for children between 3 and 90  (Composed by Frizz Fischer – Worldpremiere in Vienna 2011)
  • Eva & Juan PerónThe Museum (Worldpremiere in Vienna 2016)
  • Romy Schneider & Helmut Berger – Affinities (Worldpremiere in Vienna 2018) 
  • A “Man” - A Voice – with the Counter Tenor Mircea Mihalache (Worldpremiere 2008)
  • The Naughty Lola – (with the Austrian/American singer Ute Gfrerer) in Boston/New York (Worldpremiere 2011)

and many others


  • REBELL : Lubomir Veteska – Musical „Rebel“
  • SHE LOVES ME : Original recording of the German premiere in Vienna, Ronacher (J.Bock/S.Harnick) – Georg Nowack
  • ODE TO THE WEST WIND : Duette with Lucia Nistler (Composed by Frizz Fischer, Text / Percy Bysshe Shelley)
  • A WALTZ DREAM : Oscar Straus’s Operetta (Live- recording)
  • THE OPERABALL : Richard Heuberger’s Operetta (Live- recording)
  • the Solo CD entitled RENÉ RUMPOLD – MUSICAL : (Special-Guest: Carin Filipcic)
  • the CHRISTMAS-ALBUM entitled “Doch warum nur einmal im Jahr” (Why only once a Year) : With Rezitation / Elfriede Ott, Arrangements & Composed by Frizz Fischer YouTube Channel