In RA Format
Born and died in Odenwald/Germany, 1899 and 1984, respectively. First a school teacher, he made his debut as a singer in
Darmstadt in 1925, where he stayed through 1936. After a short period in Barmen-Elberfeld, he came to Hamburg, where he was
the ensemble's heldentenor from 1936 to 1952. He continued his career in Darmstadt and Kassel till 1957. A regular guest
in Dresden and Vienna, he also performed in Paris and Barcelona, and from 1927 to 1931 at the Bayreuth festival, and
during World War II at the Zoppot festival. He sang particularly often under Furtwängler's baton. Specializing in Wagner,
he also was a highly thought-of Pedro (in Tiefland) and Otello. He made very few records; most of what is documenting his voice
are radio performances made after 1945.
I wish to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recording and notes.