Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers
Forgotten Tenors: Leon Laffitte (2 photos), Richard Kubla, Luigi Marletta and William Miller

May 27, 2014

Carl Baum (Tenor) (Würzburg 1880 - ?)


He made his debut in 1906 in Bremen as Tamino. during the next five years, he grew into a well appreciated jugendlicher Heldentenor. Baum wanted to move to the next level singing heavier roles, but Fritz Trostorff was in the way. He moved to Breslau in 1911, and already in 1912 moved first to Eberfeld then in 1915 to Chemnitz. There, he has well regarded tenor, but in the heavy roles, he had to fight against Willy Zilken or Peter Unkel. He could not dominate them. Baum made guest appearances in Berlin Dresden, Munich, Hannover, Hamburg, Zürich and Rotterdam (''Lohengrin'' on February 14, 1914 at the Groote Schowburg with Hans Erl, Greta van't Sant-Jousson, Erich Hunold, Augusta Müller; ''Die Meistersinger'' on March 11, 1914 at the Groote Schowburg with Erich Hunold, Hans Erl, Paul Niels, Hans Joachim Faber, Greta van't Sant-Jousson, Augusta Müller; both operas conducted by Hans Knappertsbusch). His repertory included: Florestan, Max, Erik, Walther von Stolzing, Lohengrin, Parsifal, Galba (''Die toten Augen'' by E. d'Albert), Ridicolo (''Der eiserne Heiland'' by Oberleithner), Narraboth, Raoul, Vasco da Gama, Eléazar, Faust, José, Hoffmann, Ernesto, Manrico, Canio, Rodolfo. He retired in 1931.
Chronology of some appearances

1906 Bremen Opera House
1911 Breslau Opera House
1912 Eberfeld Opera House
1915 Chemnitz Opera House

RECORDINGS FOR SALE








Gramophone, Bremen 1909-11
Lohengrin (Wagner): Gralserzählung 2-22167 10177L
Lohengrin (Wagner): Abschied von Elsa 2-22168 10178L
Madama Butterfly (Puccini): Im weiten Weltall with Rittmann 2-24127 10183L
Contes d'Hoffmann (Offenbach): Hörst du es tönen with Müller-Reichel 2-24126 10188L 
Madama Butterfly (Puccini): Duett with Rödiger 2-24128 10189L 

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