Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Aug 20, 2014

Ottokar Mácha (Tenor) (Celovec, Czechoslovakia 1895 - ?)

He been descended from a Czech family and received the first singing education at the conservatoire in Prague from K. Burian, then he continued with August Iffert in Dresden. His debut took place in 1915 at the Municipal Theatre of Pilsen to which he belonged till 1918. Then he joined to the Vinohradské Divadlo (Theatre in Weinbergen) in Prague. In 1920 he was engaged as a heroic tenor by the German Land Theatre in Prague, where he sang mostly R. Wagner's repertoire. In the 1927-29 seasons he was active at the Theatre in Saarbrücken, in the 1929-30 season at the Municipal Theatre of Münster, in the 1930-33 seasons at the German Theatre in Teplitz-Schönau, in the 1933-34 season at the German Theatre of Aussig (Ustí nad Labem). From 1934-37 he appeared as a guest in different Czech theaters, also at the National Theatre in Prague. In 1939-42 again he was a member of the German Theatre in Brünn (Brno). His repertoire included roles like Florestan in ‘’Fidelio’’, Max in the ‘’Freischütz’’, Lohengrin, Tannhäuser, Otello of Verdi, Canio in ‘’Pagliacci’’, José in ‘’Carmen’’, Samson in ‘’Samson et Dalila’’ of Saint-Saëns etc. He was married with dancer Maria Klimesch. He spent his old age in Baden, near Vienna.   

Chronology of some appearances

1915-1918 Pilsen Municipal Theatre
1920 Prague German Land Theatre
1927-1929 Saarbrücken Theatre
1929-1930 Münster Municipal Theatre
1930-1933 Teplitz-Schönau German Theatre
1933-1934 Aussig German Theatre
1939-1942 Brünn German Theatre


Tannhäuser (Wagner): Auch ich darf mich so glücklich nennen B42069 14668
Der fliegende Holländer (Wagner): Steuermannslied B42070 14668

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