The Styrian tenor Johannes Chum received his first musical education as a soloist of the Vienna Boys’ Choir, later he continued his studies in Vienna with Kurt Equiluz.
After the participation in oratorio performances the singer was discovered and engaged by renowned conductors such as Nikolaus Harnoncourt and René Jacobs. After the initial success on Austrian stages in the early 90s, Johannes Chum gained ground also very fast in opera roles. Meanwhile, he is one of the leaders in his field on the stages of the Salzburg Festival, the Berlin State Opera Unter den Linden, the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, the Bregenz Festival, the Vienna Volksoper, the Opéra Bastille in Paris, in New York and Barcelona and at the Mozart Week in Salzburg. Equally at home Johannes Chum feels on the the concert stages.
Special mention should be made to an European tour with Berlioz’s “Benvenuto Cellini” and “The Book with Seven Seals” at the Gewandhaus Leipzig and the Musikverein in Vienna, and the “Song of the Earth” under Kristjan Järvi at Musikfest Bremen. Johannes Chum was a guest at the Lucerne Festival, the Salzburg Festival and the Salzburg Mozart Week. At the Musikverein in Vienna he sang Beethoven’s Mass in C major under Fabio Luisi, in Leipzig and London the Evangelist in JS Bach’s St. Matthew Passion conducted by Riccardo Chailly, and “Carmina Burana” at the Music Festival Grafenegg under Kristjan Järvi. He was heard in Henze’s “Der Prinz von Homburg” at the Theater an der Wien and at the Komische Oper Berlin in Offenbach’s “La Périchole”.
In 2013 he made his debut at the Munich Gärtnerplatztheater and the Estates Theatre in Prague. Great personal success he could achieve with two role debuts in Graz in the same year: At the styriarte Festival Johannes Chum took over the title role in Offenbach’s “Bluebeard” with Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the conductor’s podium and in September he sang at the season opening of the Graz Opera house his first Lohengrin.
2014 followed role debuts as Verdi’s Don Carlos and as Stolzing in Wagner’s “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg”, both at the Chemnitz Opera House, as well as Loge in “Das Rheingold” at the Tyrolean Festival in Erl.