Oscar Bolz

Picture of Oscar Bolz

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. He had a triumph in 1908 in Stuttgart as Otello. There, Bolz proved also to be a major Wagnerian s inger. 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 through 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.

Oscar Bolz singsIl Trovatore: Lodern zum Himmel
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
     With Kark
xB3842    Die Meistersinger: Am stillen Herd          51615    99086
xB3845    Der Prophet: Keins von allen Erdenreichen   51618    99091
     With Kark

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, (1871-1918)

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