Ludwig Schnorr von Carolsfeld

Picture of Ludwig Schnorr von Carolsfeld
Ludwig and Malvine Schnorr von Carolsfeld in 'Tristan und Isolde'

Ludwig Schnorr von Carolsfeld was a German tenor, born on 2 July 1836 in Munich, and he died on 28 Feb 1865. He made his debut in 1853. His teachers were Eduard Devrient and Manuel Garcia Jr. He was the one, who created Tristan in Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, on 10 June 1865. His wife Malvine was Isolde. Wagner's recollection of this performance were: '... it is impossible for me to express what Schnorr accomplished in the part of Tristan, culminating in the third act of my drama, perhaps for the simple reason that it was beyond the sphere of comparisons ...' Inexpectedly Schnorr died a few weeks after the first performance. He had only one pupil, Heirich Gudehus.

I wish to thank Lynn Samohel for the picture.

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