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.