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Albert Dohmen (born 17 June 1956) is a German operatic bass-baritone who is known internationally for performing leading roles by Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss. He has also worked in concert halls and lieder recitals. He also appeared in bass roles and parts.
Born in Krefeld, Dohmen already took part in children's roles in opera performances. From 1970 to 1974 he studied oboe in Essen. In 1976 he won first prize at the Bundeswettbewerb Gesang in Berlin. Dohmen then studied law at the University of Cologne from 1976 to 1982. He received private singing lessons from soprano Gladys Kuchta. In 1982 he was accepted to the opera studio of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, and was from 1984 to 1985 a soloist at this house. In 1986 he moved to the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden. He has been working as a freelancer since 1991.
His international breakthrough came in 1997 with the title role in Alban Berg's Wozzeck at both the Salzburg Easter Festival and the Salzburg Festival, directed by Peter Stein, both with Claudio Abbado conducting, the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Wiener Philharmoniker respectively. He then sang with conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Michel Plasson, Georges Prêtre, Giuseppe Sinopoli, and Georg Solti. Dohmen is regarded as one of the leading interpreters of the role of Wotan in Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen. He sang this role in complete Ring cycles at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, from 2007 to 2010 under the direction of Christian Thielemann at the Bayreuth Festival, in 2009 with James Levine at the Metropolitan Opera, in 2011 at the Vienna State Opera, in 2012 at the Hamburgische Staatsoper, and in 2013 to 2015 at the Liceu in Barcelona.