Oscar Bolz was born in 1875 in Magdeburg. He studied in Berlin and became a licensed dentist,
when his voice was discovered. Bolz entered the Sternschen conservatory. He made his debut as
Heldentenor in 1900 in Olmütz, went after to Barmen in 1902, before arriving in Aachen.
Bühne der Welt wrote:
A bit late, but with the necessary care, das Rheingold was performed in Aachen. Mr. Bolz, as Loge,
did not managed to be the center point of attention. Mr. Bolz gave several guest appearances:
In Elberfeld, he was Turiddu and Canio. He showed great vocal qualities while his temperament
lead him to over play the parts. In Essen, he was Siegfried during the last part of the season,
replacing Mr. Rupert Gogl, and was excellent.
A major career change was the move to Mainz in 1904. In a performance of Siegfried, Bolz was named
first in the review, despite the the domineering dramatic soprano Hedwig Materna. Reviews considered him
to be vocally impressive. After guest appearances as Raoul and Siegfried in 1905 in Stuttgart, he was
hired to replace the departing Costa. Dr. Fritz Volbach said in the review Musik:
The new appointed tenor Mr. Bolz, drew attention as Masaniello. His future will depend if he can bring his
artistic skills to the level of his vocal skills. In the new production of Verdi's Amelia (I.E. Ballo)
he was as Richard quite appropriate for those parts. However in the Ring, as Loge, Siegmund and Siegfried,
he was quite impossible. He has no nobility and cannot control his acting.
Bolz became known internationally when he replaced Carl Burrian as Herod in 1907 in Paris.
a triumph in 1908 in Stuttgart as Otello. There, Bolz proved also to be a major Wagnerian s
In 1909, Bolz took some time off to go to Milan to further study with Lamperti and Sibella. Upon his return,
he proved to be indispensable, and in spite of quarrels, remained as Stuttgart's first tenor until
the end of the Kaiser period. The end of the war meant the collapse of Bolz's world. All
contracts were canceled. Bolz went in 1918 to Halle, where he impressed. After a detour
Nürnberg, he arrived in 1921 at the Berlin Staatsoper. By that time, he was over the hills. Bolz
retired in 1925 and became an impressario. He moved for good to Munich in 1927.
He died in 1935 while
being in Zoppot attending a rehearsal of Rienzi at the Waldoper.
In RA Format
I. Odeon, 1908
xB3763 Walküre: Liebeslied 51592
xB3764 Walküre: Siegmund, heiss' ich 51593 64966
xxB3839 Longrin: Abschied 56988
xB3840 Die Meistersinger: Preislied 51616 99044
xB3841-2 DerProphet: Herr, dich in den Sternenkreisen51617 99089
xB3842 Die Meistersinger: Am stillen Herd 51615 99086
xB3845 Der Prophet: Keins von allen Erdenreichen 51618 99091
II. Parlophon, 1912
1141 Otello: Jeder Knabe P-1141 P-297 P-340
1142 La Juive: Recha, als Gott P-1142 P-296
1143 L'Africaine: Land so wunderbar P1143 P-295
1144 Il Trovatore: Dass nur für mich P-1144 P-296
1145 Der Prophet: Herr, deich in den P-1145 P-295
1146 Die Walküre: Winterstürme P-1146 P-293
1147 Die Walküre: Siegmund, heiss ich P-1147 P-293
1148 Der Troubadur: Ständchen, stretta P-1148 P-298
1149 Otello: Du Verräter, weiche P-1149 P-297
1150 Der Bajazzo: Jetzt spielen P-1150 P298
Reference: Einhard Luther, So viel der Helden, Biographie eines stimmfaches Teil 3, Wagnertenöre der Kaiserzeit,