Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jul 4, 2014

Emil Burian (Baritone) (Rakovník 1876 – Prague 1926)


He was the younger brother of the famous Czech tenor Carl Burrian (also Karel Burian 1870-1924). He studied singing under Franz Pivoda in Prague. In 1895 he debuted at the Opera House of Cologne, then he sang in  Ostrava (Mährisch Ostrau) and Brno (Brünn), in the 1899-1901 seasons st the Opera House in Agram (Zagreb) and from 1902-04 at the Municipal Theatre in Pilsen. After appearing at the Opera Houses in Nuremberg and Freiburg i. Br. (1904-06) he joined in the 1906-07 season to the Dresden Court Opera. At that time also his brother Carl worked there, in  the 1908-10 season he performed at the Hamburg Municipal Theatre. In 1910 he was engaged by the Prague National Opera whose most significant singers he belonged up to his death. Also as a concert singer he enjoyed high respect. His son Emil František Burian (1904-59) worked as a composer, stage manager and director. 

Chronology of some appearances

1895 Cologne Opera House 
1899-1901 Zagreb Opera House
1902-04 Pilsen Municipal Theatre
1906-07 Dresden Court Opera
1908-10 Hamburg Municipal Theatre


Dalibor (Smetana): Zpěv krále Vladislava 4-102558
Poutník (Jiránka) 4-102559

Tannhauser (Wagner): O tu bell' astro 52001 
Faust (Gounod): Dio possente, dio d'amor  52030

Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Si Puo? A 43315

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