Martin Kremer

March 23, 1898 Geisenheim am Rhein - February 19, 1971 Prien am Chiemsee

Kremer studied singing with W. Fuhr in Wiesbaden and Giuseppe Borgatti in Milan.

Kremer made his debut in 1924 at the Staatstheater in Kassel. He stayed there until 1927.

During 1927-1929, he sang at the the Staatstheater in Wiesbaden, then moved in 1929 to the Staatsoper Dresden.

In Dresden, he took part in several premieres of Richard Strauss operas: Arabella (as Matteo On July 1, 1933 with Viorica Ursuleac, Margit Bokor, Friedreich Plaschke, Alfred Jerger, Camilla Kallab, Kurt Böhme, and Clemens Krauss conducting), Die schweigsame Frau (as Henry Morosus on June 24, 1935 with Friedrich Plaschke, Helene Jung, Mathieu Ahlersmeyer, Maria Cebotari, Erna Sack, Kurt Böhme and Karl Böm conducting) and Daphne as Leukippos on October 15, 1938 with Sven Nilsson, Helene Jung, Margarete Teschemacher, Torsten Ralf, and Karl Böhm conducting).

He stayed in Dresden until 1940.

From 1940 to 1943, he was engaged at the Theater des Volkes in Berlin.

During the same time, he made guest appearances at the German Theatre Oslo during 1941-1944.

From 1948 to 1956, he sang at the Staatstheater in Wiesbaden. There, he left in 1956 as Manrico.

He still appeared as a guest at smaller German opera houses until 1960.

Kremer made guest appearances in
Amsterdam (Die Meistersinger at the Stadsschowburg on May 7, 1931 as David with Jacques Urlus, Delia Reinhardt, Lydia Kinderman, Rudolf Bockelmann, Emanuel List, Ludwig Ermold, Deszö Ernster with Fritz Busch conducting; Arabella at the Stadsschowburg on November 29, 1934 Viorica Ursuleac, Margit Bokor, Alfred Jerger, Berthold Sterneck, Camilla Kallab with Richar Strauss conducting),

at the Staatsoper Berlin (1933), at the Festival of Zoppot (1935, David), at the Wiener Staatsoper (1937 (Ottavio on May 31), 1939 (Matteo on January 11)), at Covent Garden (1934 in the first English performance of Arabella), at the Teatro Liceo Barcelona (1935), at the Théâtre de la Monnaie Brussels (1939), at the Wiener Volksoper (1942), at the operas of Nice and Geneva and

sang from 1933 to 1938 at the Bayreuth Festival: David (Total 1933/4), Knappe vierte (Parsifal 1936/8), Junger Seeman/Ein Hirt (Tristan und Isolde 1938), Edle erste (Lohengrin 1936), and Froh (1933/4/6/7/8).

Kremer was an estimated concert and oratorio singer (Evangelist in the Passions of J.S. Bach) and worked later also as director.

He took part in a number of further premieres of operas: 1926 as Orpheus in Orpheus und Eurydike by E. Krenek (Kassel), 1930 in Dresden in Lord Spleen by Mark Lothar, 1932 in Dresden in Mr. Wu by Eugen d'Albert, 1933 in Dresden in Münchhausen by Mark Lothar, 1935 in Dresden in Der Günstling by Rudolf Wagner-Régeny (title role), 1936 in Dresden in Der verlorene Sohn by R. Heger and 1938, again in Dresden, in Die Wirtin von Pinsk by Richard Mohaupt, 1943 at the Berliner Theater des Volkes in the operetta Der liebe Augustin by Josef Rixner. He sang in 1928 in Wiesbaden in the German first performance of F. Alfano's Madonna Imperia.

His repertory included: Tamino, Ottavio, Duca, Radames, the King son in Engelbert Humperdinck's Königskindern, Sally in Romeo und Julia auf dem Dorfe by H. Sutermeister, Tambourmajor in Wozzeck and Komponist in Jonny spielt auf by Krenek, Froh, Matteo, Manrico, Loge, ...

This talented singer showed his versatility in his operetta roles. His recordings had very big successes: Orchestrola (1930), HMV-Electrola (including David in the 1st Act of Meistersinger under Karl Böhm; Operetta recordings, partially with Maria Elsner).
Reference: Kutsch & Riemens

Martin Kremer singsMartha: Ach so fromm
Orchestrola 20 centimeters no. 2015, matrix. 1069.
I wish to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recording.

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