Carl (sometimes Karl) Baum

August 5, 1880 Würzburg -

Baum made his debut in 1906 in Bremen as Tamino. during the next five years, he grew into a well appreciated jugendlicher Heldentenor. Baum wanted to move to the next level singing heavier roles, but Fritz Trostorff was in the way.

He moved to Breslau in 1911, and already in 1912 moved first to Eberfeld then in 1915 to Chemnitz.

There, he has well regarded tenor, but in the heavy roles, he had to fight against Willy Zilken or Peter Unkel. He could not dominate them.

Baum made guest appearances in Berlin Dresden, Munich, Hannover, Hamburg, Zürich and Rotterdam (Lohengrin on February 14, 1914 at the Groote Schowburg with Hans Erl, Greta van't Sant-Jousson, Erich Hunold, Augusta Müller; Die Meistersinger on March 11, 1914 at the Groote Schowburg with Erich Hunold, Hans Erl, Paul Niels, Hans Joachim Faber, Greta van't Sant-Jousson, Augusta Müller; both operas conducted by Hans Knappertsbusch).

His repertory included: Florestan, Max, Erik, Walther von Stolzing, Lohengrin, Parsifal, Galba (Die toten Augen by E. d'Albert), Ridicolo (Der eiserne Heiland by Oberleithner), Narraboth, Raoul, Vasco da Gama, Eléazar, Faust, José, Hoffmann, Ernesto, Manrico, Canio, Rodolfo, ...

He retired in 1931.
Reference Einhard Luther So viel der Helden, Biographie eines Stimmfaches Teil 3, Wagnertenöre der Kaisertzeit, (1871-1918) Pro BUSINESS GMBH, Berlin 2006.
Reference: Kutsch & Riemens.

Carl Baum sings Die Meistersinger: Morgenlich leuchtend

Carl Baum sings Il Trovatore: Miserere, with Anny Thomas-Schwartz

Carl Baum sings Lohengrin: In fernem Land
In RA Format

Carl Baum sings Lohengrin: Mein lieber Schwan
In RA Format
Excellent but obviously somewhat crazy tenor: his In fernem Land is transposed a full tone down, Lohengrin's Farewell a full tone up, instead - on the two sides of the same record!!!
I would like to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recordings (Lohengrin) and notes.

Favorite, Berlin, 1908
1239 b    Il Trovatore: Miserere with Anny Thomas-Schartz                       1-19368
1241 b    Die Meistersinger: Morgenlich leuchtend                               1-15711

Columbia 1910

Odeon, Berlin 1921 01/03
xxB 6605  Lohengrin: Gralserzählung "In fernem Land, unnahbar euren Schritten"  AA 79404	O-6129
xxB 6606  Lohengrin: Abschied "Mein lieber Schwan!"                             AA 79405	O-6129

          Rigoletto: Questa o quella in German
          Rigoletto: La donna è mobile in German
          La Bohème: Che gelida in German
          La Bohème: O Mimi, Tu piu non torni in German with ?
          La Forza del destino: Solenne in quest'ora in German with ?

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