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Forgotten Opera Singers
Jul 2, 2014
Adolf Krösing (Tenor) (Prague 1848 - Prague 1933)
He was of well-to-do German-French parentage
and grew up in culturally German surroundings. At his father’s behest he began
to study law, but he switched to singing under Frantisek Vogl at the Prague
Conservatoire. Student appearances led to his début at Prague’s National Theatre in ‘’Lucrezia
Borgia’’ in 1870. After singing in opera for a while his career developed in
operetta, particularly in buffo roles, in ‘’La Grande Duchesse de Gérolstein’’,
for example. His finest portrayal was of Vašek in ‘’Prodaná Nevesta’’, which
was exclusively his at the National Theatre from 1871 until his retirement in 1914.
He was in a number of important premières: Smetana’s ‘’Tajemstvi’’ (1878) and ‘’Certova
Stena’’ (1882); and Dvorák’s ‘’Šelma Sedlák’’ (1878), ‘’Jakobin’’ (1889), ‘’Rusalka’’
(1901) and ‘’Armida’’ (1904). From 1890 he was also a producer. This very rare
record from the role of Vašek, in which Krössing was admired by the composer,
was made when the artist was 82. Recorded about fifteen years after his retirement
this could be a demonstration of a ‘post-modern’ approach to his role, but
could simply indicate loss of hearing.
Chronology of some appearances
1870-1914 Prague National Theatre Lucrezia