With “Il lacerato spirito” from Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra” Bass René Pape showed why he received the European Cultural Award. He wins over critics for the most beautiful reviews, and his performances in Bayreuth never cease to amaze. Hardly anyone thought to recognize him, René Pape changes again – his distinctive voice remains the connecting element. “For me it is always something special when I can perform in Vienna, this unique hoard of culture”, says René Pape. “The house has accompanied me for many years, the ensemble is very familiar to me.” And it was precisely on this stage that he was awarded with the European Cultural Award 2019.