The German baritone Jochen Schmeckenbecher was raised in Hockenheim, and studied with Kurt Moll at the Musikhochschule Köln. After being a member of the ensemble at the Theater Hagen and the Komische Oper Berlin he now is a regular guest of leading opera and concert stages.
The season 2016/17 includes Faninal in a new production of Rosenkavalier (Andris Nelsons/Robert Carsen) at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, his role debut as Dr. Schön in a new production of Lulu (Kent Nagano/Christoph Marthaler) at the Staatsoper Hamburg and Klingsor in a new production of Parsifal (SemyonBychkov/AlvisHermanis) at the Staatsoper Wien, where he also will perform again as Alberich and Faninal.
Future plans include his return to the Opera de Lyon, the Oper Frankfurt and the Staatsoper Wien and his debuts at the Musikverein Wien and the Grafenegg Festival. In 2017 he will make his role debut as Kaspar/Freischütz.
Jochen Schmeckenbecher focuses on the German repertoire and thus he sing score-parts like Alberich/Ring des Nibelungen, Amfortas and Klingsor/Parsifal, Kurwenal/Tristan und Isolde, Musiklehrer/Ariadne auf Naxos, Faninal/Rosenkavalier, Peter/Hänsel und Gretel, Pizarro/Fidelio and Wozzeck at the state operas in Berlin, Dresden, Hamburg and Stuttgart, the Opera National de Paris, the Met New York, the Scala Milano, the Liceu Barcelona, the Teatro Real Madrid ans the opera companies in Essen, Frankfurt, Leipzig, Lyon, San Francisco and Turin.
Furthermore he appeared as Kolenaty/Vec Makropulos in Paris and at the Salzburger Festspiele, Marquis de la Force/Dialogues des Carmelite sat the Theater an der Wien and the Staatsoper München and as the Four Villains/Hoffmanns Erzählungen at the Volksoper Wien.
Concert performances led him as Spielmann/Königskinder to the Hamburger Symphoniker in the Laeiszhalle, as Alberich/Ring des Nibelungen to the Rundfunk-Sinfonie orchester Berlin in the Philharmonie Berlin, as Orest/Elektra to the Gulbenkian Orchester in Lissabon, as Kurwenal to the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, as Mauregato in Schuberts Alfonso und Estrella to the Berliner Philharmoniker in the Philharmonie Berlin and as Zsupan/Zigeunerbaron to the NDR Radiophilharmonie in Hannover.
In concert he sang a.o. Bauer/Gurrelieder in the Philharmonie de Paris, Jesus/ Johannespassion in the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid and in Düsseldorf, Lieder aus Des Knaben Wunderhorn in the Festspielhaus Bregenz, Beethoven's 9th Symphony in Porto, Brahm's Deutsches Requiem in Paris, Mahler's 8th Symphony in theMeyerson Center in Dallas, Janacek's Glagolitic Mass in the Royal Festival Hall in London ans Cerha's Baal-Gesänge in the Konzerthaus Wien.