Gert Lutze

Picture of  Gert Lutze
Gert Lutze, born September 30th, 1917, in Leipzig, had a surprising career in Eastern Germany. Actually, he was a dermatologist, and always kept working as such; tenor was his second job. He had been an amateur chorister in Leipzig's famous Thomanerchor from childhood (actually from nine years old), first as a boy soprano, then as a bass, then as a tenor, and started his solo career incidentally by stepping in for a sick tenor in Bach's Johannespassion in June 1945. Though he couldn't of course appear on stage (he was already a medical doctor since 1944, and singing was restricted to his spare time), he gained prominence in the German Democratic Republic as a concert singer (mainly oratorio, and specializing in Bach), on record (again, mostly Bach), and on the radio, where he sang more or less everything and made a huge amount of broadcasts - a countless number of tapes being still preserved (actually a total of 486 recordings, many complete operas among them), though Lutze is completely forgotten now and almost all of his recordings unavailable for the collector. For light music, he used "Charles Geerd" as an alias. This astonishing number of radio recordings (as well as his records) were all made in merely 14 years, and it's about the same recording output that Rudolf Schock (another prolific recorder) achieved in 40 years! Just 14 years for Lutze, because in 1960, he did not return to communist Eastern Germany from a concert tour abroad, and settled near Stuttgart in Western Germany, where he continued working as a dermatologist, but no longer as a singer. Lutze has been "rediscovered" by Gottfried Cervenka, the long-time host of the Austrian radio's incomparable weekly historic opera program, and I take the opportunity to recommend this really valuable show: it comes every Tuesday at 3.05 pm Central European Time, on the Austrian broadcasting corporation ORF's quality station Ö1 - it lasts 1 hour and 25 minutes and is available via webradio at this link. (click on "Webradio starten" below the header "Ö1 Liveradio"). Lutze was still healthy on his 90th birthday in September 2007, and so was his voice, according to Mr. Cervenka. But then he died all of a sudden on November 6th, 2007.
Gert Lutze sings Halka: I ty mu wierzysz...I skądże ty...Powolutku, pomaleńku
with Rita Meinl-Weise, Hans Löbl, and Johannes Oettel in German
In RA Format

Gert Lutze sings Wegen Renovierung geschlossen: Das Meer ist meine Heimat
In RA Format

Gert Lutze sings La Bohème: Sind wir allein?
with Irma Hofer (M.), Erna Roscher (Mu.), Martin-Matthias Schmidt (Ma.), Otto Willi Gelhausen (Sch.), and Helmut Eile (C.)
In RA Format

Gert Lutze sings Euryanthe: Wohlan, du kennst mein herrlich Eigentum , with Rudolf Gonszar and Herbert Rößler
In RA Format

Gert Lutze sings Ingemisco
In RA Format

Gert Lutze sings Guillaume Tell: Asile héréditaire ... Amis, amis, secondez ma vengeance , in German
In RA Format

Gert Lutze sings Guillaume Tell: Ses jours , in German with Theodor Horand and Werner Stüvecke
In RA Format
I wish to thank Robert Schlesinger and Gottfried Cerwenka for the recordings, picture and notes.

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