Otakar Mařák


Picture of Otakar Marák

Picture of Otakar Marák as Jenik
Otakar Mařák as Jenik

Picture of Otakar Marák as Roméo
Otakar Mařák as Roméo

Picture of Otakar Marák as Jenik
Otakar Mařák as Jenik

Picture of Otakar Marák

Otakar Mařák sings Cavalleria Rusticana: Brindisi
In RA Format

Otakar Mařák sings Lohengrin: Mein lieber Schwan
In RA Format

Otakar Mařák sings The bartered bride: Jako matka požehnáním, with E. Destinn
1909, HMV corporation 074004 ED 109
In RA Format

Otakar Mařák sings Il Trovatore: Di quella pira
In RA Format

Biographical Notes

Otakar Mařák was born on January 5th., 1872 in Esztergom (Hungary). Mařák studied singing at the Prague conservatoire with Parsova-Zikesova. Mařák made his debut in Brno in Faust. In 1900, Otakar Mařák became first tenor at the Deutsche Theater in Prague. In 1903, Mařák was engaged by the Hofoper in Viennna. Due the initiative of Gustav Maler, in 1906, he became soloist at the Berlin Komische Opera. In 1911, he shared the role of Gennaro in the new opera by Wolf-Ferrari "The Secret the Madonna" . In 1908, Otakar Mařák made a successful debut at Covent Garden. There, he sang José, Turiddu, and Canio. In 1913, he shared the role of the tenor/Bacchus in the new opera by Richard Strauss "Ariadne auf Naxos". During 1913-14, he sang in Chicago, and in 1914 become the first tenor at the Prague National Opera. He sang until 1930. From 1934, Otakar Mařák taught singing in Chicago. Mařák died on July, 2nd., 1939 in Prague. He is one of the first singers of the time to sing in a full recording of Pagliacci for Odeon.
I wish to thank Vladimir Efimenko for the biographical notes, picture and recordings (Bartered Bride, Cavalleria Rusticana).
I wish to thank Thomas Silverbörg for the recording (Lohengrin).
I wish to thank Helmut Krautschneider for the picture (autographed).
I wish to thank Lynn Samohel for the pictures (Jenik, Roméo).

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