Gerhard Witting - born September 23rd, 1889, Königsberg; died December 25th, 1982,
Berlin. Made his debut in 1912 at the Komische Oper Berlin, moved on to Görlitz, Kiel,
Schwerin. In 1923, he became a member of the Staatsoper Berlin. He was considered a heldentenor
in his early years. In 1925, he sang Andres in the world premiere of Wozzeck; most of his
career, he was a highly thought of comprimario. He sang as a guest all over Germany, in Paris,
Amsterdam, Rome, and Bayreuth. His career lasted as long as 1953. Very few recordings captured
his voice, this short one, unfortunately, being already the most interesting.
I would like to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recording and notes.