Erich Witte

19 March 1911 Graudenz, Westpreußen - June 30, 2008, Berlin
Picture of Erich Witte as Otello
Otello with Tiana Lemnitz

Picture of Erich Witte as Parsifal
Parsifal

Picture of Erich Witte as Cardinal Albrecht with Jaro Prohaska as Mathis in Mathis de Maler
as Cardinal Albrecht with Jaro Prohaska as Mathis in Mathis de Mahler

Picture of Erich Witte (Portrait)
Erich Witte, born March 19th, 1911 in Graudenz (today Grudziadz/Poland). He studied voice with Philipp Kraus and made his debut in 1930, 1932 or 1934 (according to different sources) in Bremen. 1937-38, he sang in Wiesbaden, and in the 1938-39 season, he was successful as a buffo at the Metropolitan Opera, New York; he sang as a guest in Buenos Aires, London and Vienna thereafter, while being a member of the Breslau opera (now Wroclaw/Poland). From 1941 a member of the Staatsoper Berlin, which he remained through the end of his career in 1960. In his early Berlin years, he was still a comprimario, while in his later years, he became a heldentenor (1952 and 1953 also at the Bayreuth festival). After his career, he was a stage director at the Frankfurt opera. Made very few recordings.
Erich Witte (Mime) sings Siegfried: Nothung! Nothung! ... Schmiede, mein Hammer, with Max Lorenz
In RA Format

Erich Witte sings Otello: Dio mi potevi, in German
In RA Format

Erich Witte sings Otello: Nium mi tema, in German
In RA Format

Erich Witte sings Abu Hassan: Ich gebe Gastereien
In RA Format
I wish to thank Daniele Godor for the pictures.
I wish to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recording (Abu Hassan) and notes.

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