Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

May 7, 2014

Richard Kubla (Tenor) (Ostrava 1890 – Praha 1964)


As a child he learned violin and already appeared as a seven-year-old as a soloist. Nevertheless, his uncle who led a church choir advised him to let train his voice. He became a pupil of Bohumil Pták in Prague. Then he went to Vienna to study at the Vienna Academy of Music and the Performing Arts, and there in 1914 he made his opera debut at the Wiener Volksoper as Rodolfo in ‘’Bohème’’. Till 1920 he remained a member of the Wiener Volksoper, sang in the 1920-24 season at the German Theatre in Prague and then worked as a constant guest till 1945 at the Czech National Theatre in Prague. In the 1932-33 and 1936-38 seasons he was again engaged by the Wiener Volksoper. He made guest appearances at the Vienna State Opera (1919, 1935, 1937), at the opera houses of Munich, Hamburg, Budapest and Belgrade, to Trieste, Cairo. He also performed in USA, where he appeared in New York and Chicago. He controlled a stage repertoire of about 130 parts, under it many Wagner's roles (Erik, Lohengrin, Stolzing, Parsifal, Siegmund), Hans in ‘’Verkauften Braut’’, Prince in ‘’Rusalka’’, Radames in ‘’Aida’’, Cavaradossi in ‘’Tosca’’, Duke in ‘’Rigoletto’’ and Turiddu in ‘’Cavalleria Rusticana’’, in addition some operetta parts.

Chronology of some appearances

1914 Wiener Volksoper Boheme (Rodolfo)
1920-24 Prague German Theatre
1932-33 and 1936-38 Wiener Volksoper


Gramophone, Prague
Dalibor (Smetana): Arie s Dalibor
Hubicka (Smetana): Aria 

Aida (Verdi): Celeste Aida G12796 043561
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Vesti la giubba  G12796 043562

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