Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jan 4, 2014

Theodor Schütz (Tenor) (Prague 1878 – Prague 1961)



His real name was Bohdan Procházka. From 1897-1900 he studied at the Pivodově singing school and also privately with K. Kovařovic. He made his debut at the National Theatre of Prague in Wagner's "Lohengrin" (1899). Then he was a member of the F. Trnky’s opera company (1902), sang also in Pilsen (1902-1903), and at the National Theatre in Brno (1903-1905), where he performed in the world premiere of Janáček's famous opera "jenůfa". After this he went to Vienna to study singing with E. Robinson (1905-1907). Thanks to his help first he became a member of the local theatre Hofoper, then was engaged by the German Theatre in Olomouc. In the 1907-1908 season he appeared at the  Hofoper Wien, then from 1908-1911 at the Volksoper Wien. He appeared briefly in Berlin, but goined in 1911 to the National Theatre of Prague, whose member he remained for 27 years and retired from the stage in 1938. In 1913 he appeared in Prague in the local premiere of ‘’Tristan und Isolde’’, the next year in the première of ‘’Parsifal’’. On 27.4.1927 he sang there in the premiere of the opera "Schwanda der Dudelsackpfeifer" of Jaromir Weinberger. Internationally he was known by his guest performances abroad.  appeared with success also in North America

Chronology of some appearances

1899 Prague National Theatre Lohengrin (Lohengrin)
1903-1905 Brno  National Theatre  
1907-1908 Wien Hofoper
1908-1911 Wien Volksoper 
1911-1927 Prague National Theatre 


Zonophone, Wien 1907-06
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Jetzt spielen X-22769
Aida (Verdi): Holde Aida X-22770
Carmen (Bizet): Blumenarie X-22982
Lohengrin (Wagner): Nun sei bedankt X-22783
Lohengrin (Wagner): Atmest du nicht X-22784

Zonophone, Wien 1907
Manon (Massenet): Fleih', o flieh' X-22732
Trovatore (Verdi): Lodern zum Himmel (Stretta) X-22731

Zonophone, Wien 1908
Faust (Gounod): Umsonst befrage ich X-22981

Zonophone, Wien 1909-05
Messaline (de Lara): Heimatliche Götter X-2-22061
Messaline (de Lara): In den Zirkus glühend heiss X-2-22060
Africaine (Meyerbeer): Land so wunderbar X-2-22109
Africaine (Meyerbeer): Triumph mir X-2-22110

Favorite, Wien
Judin (Halevy): Grosse arie 1-25435
Aida (Verdi): Holde Aida 1-25447 

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