Olaf Bär’s successful career on the opera stage is emphasized by his well-known partners on the podium such as Sir George Solti, Nicolaus Harnoncourt, Bernard Haitink, Kurt Masur, Seiji Ozawa, Sir Colin Davis, Hartmut Haenchen, Riccardo Muti, Peter Schreier, Jeffrey Tate, John Eliot Gardiner, Franz Welser-Möst, Adam Fischer, Mark Minkowski, Fabio Luisi, and Pierre Boulez. His cooperation with directors such as Joachim Herz, Ruth Berghaus, Juergen Flimm, Hans Neuenfels, Andreas Homoki, Sven-Eric Bechtolf and Patrice Chereau was another defining feature.
For many years Olaf Bär has a guest contract at the Staatsoper Dresden. Guest appearances have taken him to the Covent Garden Opera House in London, the La Scala Theater, the Vienna State Opera, the Berlin State Opera, the opera houses in Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Zurich, Chicago, Rome, Naples and Turin, as well as to Bayreuth festival, Salzburg, Aix-en-Provence, Japan and Glyndebourne, the Wiener Festwochen, and the Ruhr Triennale. Numerous recordings on EMI span>, Decca, Philips among others document his vocal work. In 1998, Olaf Bär was awarded the Schumann Prize of the city of Zwickau. Since 2004, Olaf Bär has been a professor at the University of Music in Dresden and leads the Lied class.