Adolf Dallapozza (born April 14th, 1940, in Bolzano/Italy, but a German speaker) is an example
that a big voice is no indispensable precondition to become a great singer. Dallapozza's voice
was too small to really succeed at the Vienna Staatsoper, not even in the roles he sang there
like e.g. Jaquino in Fidelio; but he was the uncrowned king of the Vienna Volksoper for many
years from the late 1960s well into the 1990s, and his achievements there easily outdid
much of what his more famous contemporary colleagues had to offer at the Staatsoper.
The Volksoper would stage works like Postillon de Longjumeau or Fille du régiment exclusively
for him, his Hoffmann had little competition in his generation, and I'm convinced I'll
never again see a Rodolfo as breathtakingly convincing as his.
An objection that must be
against him is that he made an unfortunate decision in his choice of a teacher for
restudying after many successful seasons, in order to sound more Italianate -
that Vienna teacher kind of damaged the placement of his voice and his pitch control,
thus rendering his further performance unsteadier than before. Nevertheless, he was not
only gifted with a top of rare quality, but also with an acting talent of uncommon
intelligence and sensitivity.