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Rudolf Ritter (Tenor) (Brüx, now Most, Czech Republic 1878 - Gaildorf, nr Stuttgart, Germany 1966)
First he became an officer and belonged to the
Austrian-Hungarian army (1898-1908). Then he studied singing at the ViennaMusicAcademy and in 1910 made his debut at
the Volksoper in Vienna, to which he
belonged till 1913. Here on 23. 11. 1911 he appeared in the premiere of the
opera "Der Kuhreigen"by Kienzl. In 1913 he
was engaged by the Hofoper
in Stuttgart and sang here with great success approximately twenty years and
appeared among other things in the premieres of the operas "Ulenspiegel" of Walter
Braunfels (1913) and "Eine
Florentinische Tragödie" by Alexander Zemlinsky (1917). In the 1923-1924 season he undertook with the
German Opera Company a tour through North America.
In 1923 he made guest appearance at the Great Northern Theatre in Chicago and in 1924 sang in New York in the première of the opera "Der Evangelimann" by
W. Kienzl. In the 1924-1925 season, at the Bayreuth Festival, he took over the
part of Siegfried in Ring-Zyklus.
Here in 1930 he sang the part of Tannhäuser.
In 1926 he had a huge success in South America.
In the 1929-1931 season, under Johanna Gadski, he travelled with the Second
German Opera Company again around North America.
He made guest appearances in London (Covent
Garden), Paris (Grand Opéra), Vienna
the Hague (1931) and Zurich (Stadttheater. 1916, 1922). In
1927 at the festival of Zoppot he took part of Siegfried in "Götterdämmerung".
In 1933 he retired from the stage. Then he lived in Stuttgart and worked as vocal pedagogue. Married
to the pianist
Chronology of some appearances
1910-1913 Vienna Volksoper
1913-1920's Stuttgart Hofoper
RECORDINGS FOR SALE
Vox, Berlin 1923
Rienzi (Wagner): Gebet *03351 1292A Otello (Verdi): Othellos Tod *03351 1296A Odeon, Berlin 1924-10-07 Tiefland (d'Albert): Schau her, das ist ein Taler 80223 xxB7052 Tiefland (d'Albert): Ich grüß' noch einmal meine Berge 80224 xxB7053