South African baritone Jaco Venter studied theology in Bloemfontein, followed by acting and music in Pretoria, London and San Francisco, where he obtained his Master’s degree.
Venter started his career in the USA and South Africa and made his German debut in Pforzheim as Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata, leading to engagements in a broad range of repertoire, such as La Bête in Philip Glass’s La Belle et La Bête, Peter in Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Nick Shadow in Stravinsky’s The Rakes Progress, Balstrode in Britten’s Peter Grimes and Der Fürst in Hans Krása’s Verlobung im Traum, Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen, Rangoni in Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, Starek in Janáček’s Jenůfa and Police Chief in Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk District.
He was an ensemble member at the Nationaltheater Mannheim from 2003 to 2011, before joining the ensemble at the Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe.
His Wagner debut as Telramund in Lohengrin was followed by Gunther in Götterdämmerung and Klingsor in Parsifal in Karlsruhe. Most recently, Venter had great success as Alberich in Das Rheingold and as Siegfried as part of the new production of Der Ring des Nibelungen in Karlsruhe, where he returns in 2017-18 to perform Alberich in Götterdämmerung.