The German Baritone Jürgen Linn studied at the Musikhochschule Mannheim after qualifying as a teacher for handicapped children, and in 1990 was awarded a Special Award from the City of Mannheim. After two permanent long engagements (1990 to 1994 at the Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern, and 1994 to 1999 at the Staatstheater Nürnberg), he began his international career. Since then he has given guest performances at various opera houses in Germany (Wiesbaden, Bonn and since 2004 again in Nürnberg), France (Strasbourg), Italy (Triest, Bologna, Palermo, Rome, Verona and Venice) and Mexico (Mexico City). His debut in Japan took place in 2004 with his performance as Jochanaan in a production of the New Japan Symphony Orchestra. In 2005 he gave his long expected debut as Holländer in Der Fliegende Holländer. In 2007 he sang Telramund in the new production of Lohengrin at La Scala in Milano and at the Semperoper Dresden. He was Wotan in Die Walküre at the Latvian National Opera in Riga and had a great success as Wotan in the RING cycle in Nürnberg, where he also sang Telramund in a new production of Lohengrin in 2008. That same year he could also be heard in Der Rosenkavalier in Japan. 2009 he was Alberich in Tokyo (also in 2010), Holländer in Chemnitz, Wanderer in Karlsruhe and Telramund in Hamburg (also in 2010).
In 2010 he made his succesful role debut as Baron Ochs (Der Rosenkavalier) in Karlsruhe. 2011 he gave Ochs in Leipzig and could be heard as Handwerksbursche in a new production of Wozzeck (Conductor: Daniel Barenboim) in Berlin where he has been invited again to do Schigolch in a new production of Lulu 2012. Further he did Baron Ochs in Rosenkavalier at the Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe again. He was also performing Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder under the baton of Shi-Yeong-Sung with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2013 he gives Alberich in Rheingold in the new production of Rheingold and Ochs in Der Rosenkavalier in Leipzig. In Wiesbaden he can be heard again as Wozzeck.
His repertoire consists of parts such as Sachs, Amfortas, Wotan in Das Rheingold and Die Walküre, Wanderer in Siegfried, Alberich, Gunther, Holländer, Kurwenal, Orest, Jochanaan, Faninal, Musiklehrer, Faust in Dr. Faust, Scarpia, Pizarro and the male major parts in the Berg operas Lulu (Dr. Schön/Jack) and Wozzeck. Special achievements were reached by Jürgen Linn also in the field of contemporary opera, where besides the Prometheus (Orff) in ancient Greek, especially parts like Cortez (Rihm, Die Eroberung von Mexico), Captain (Adams, The Death of Klinghoffer) and Gefangener (Dallapiccola, Il Prigioniero) have to be pointed out.
Besides his activities in the opera world he is a much sought after artist for concerts and Song recitals. His extensive repertoire includes, along with the popular literature, also unusual works, for example Schönberg`s Jakobsleiter as Gabriel and Ode an Napoleon Bonaparte, B.A. Zimmermann`s Ekklesiatische Aktion, Klaus Huber`s Traumgesicht für Stimme allein, Martin`s Jedermann-Monologe and the baritone part of Kajin in Rudi Stephan`s hardly known work Die ersten Menschen. On the other hand, the baritone is very involved in cooperations with specialists in the segment of the ancient music.
Up to now Jürgen Linn has collaborated in two CD productions: Die Musik kommt mir äußerst bekannt vor (Bent Lorenzen); Helikon HCD 1012, Lulu (Alban Berg) total recording; Arte Nova Classics 74321 87070 2 (with A. Efraty, D. Soffel, Th. Adam amongst others, orchestra of the Teatro Massimo Palermo; Stefan Anton Reck).