The native Austrian, Gernot Kranner, achieved his international breakthrough in the role of Professor Abronsius in the musical „Tanz der Vampire“ (Dance of the Vampires) The star role was specially created for him in the world-premiere by the director Roman Polanski and he subsequently played the quirky professor over one thousand times. He was awarded „Best German speaking musical theatre performer“ and there followed engagements in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. His characteristic tenor voice can be heard on all of the German language „Tanz der Vampire“ CDs. The character actor completed his education in London, Paris and Vienna and further high points in his career were Luccheni in „Elisabeth“, M. Thénardier in „Les Misérables“ and Buddy Fiddler in the Austrian premiere of „City of Angels“. Gernot is also extremely successful as a comedian and sings character roles in opera and operetta at Volksoper Wien, Opernhaus Graz, Theater St. Gallen and the Komische Oper, Berlin. Recently he has also started a successful career as director and theatre author. For many years he has been the director of his own musical academy and as a teacher has guided many talented young artists on their way to a stage career. Singing, dance and acting for children are favourite aspects of Gernot’s work and he has toured Europe and received countless accolades in the field of children’s theatre. Most recently he received the title of „Consul“ from the Red Cross, for his work with disadvantaged children.