Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jan 4, 2016

Rudolf Laubenthal (Tenor) (March 10th, 1886 Düsseldorf - October 2nd, 1972 Pöcking/Bavaria)


                                                               Jean de Leyden

First he studied medicine at the universities of Munich, Strasbourg and Berlin, however, besides took also singing lessons and was among other things a pupil of Lilli Lehmann in Berlin. First he appeared as a concert singer and in 1912 excited in Eisenach a sensation. When the manager of the Berlin German Opera House heard him, he decided to engaged him. Laubenthal made his debut at the Berlin German Opera House in 1913. There he worked with great success till 1918. He sang there among other things in 1916 in the premiere of the opera "Dame Kobold" by F. von Weingartner. At the MET he made his debut as Walther von Stolzing. Here he appeared in the following opera premieres:

1924 Jenufa (Laca Klemeň) L. Janáček
1928 Ägyptischen Helena (Menelas)  R. Strauss
1931 Schwanda der Dudelsackpfeifer (Babinski)  J. Weinberger
1932 Elektra (Ägisth) R. Strauss

At the Metropolitan Opera his repertoire included Florestan in ‘’Fidelio’’, Max in ‘’Freischütz’’ and Tamino in "Zauberflöte".

He was married the soprano Lulu Kaesser. His only pupil was known tenor Horst R. Laubenthal, whom he adopted as a son.

Chronology of some appearances

1913-1918 Berlin German Opera House
1919-1923 Munich Bavarian State Opera
1923-1933 New York Metropolitan Opera
1926-1930 London Covent Garden
1929 Berlin State Opera 

Walter von Stolzing 12/11/1923, Lohengrin 1/8/1924, Siegfried 3/17/1925, Walter von Stolzing 3/31/1925, Nureddin 12/8/1925, Tristan 2/2/1926, Tannhäuser 3/2/1926, Walter von Stolzing 3/16/1926, Tristan 3/22/1927, Walter von Stolzing 1/10/1928, Tristan 2/28/1928, Siegfried 3/27/1928, Siegmund 11/27/1928, Siegfried 2/19/1929, Siegmund 11/26/1929, Walter von Stolzing 12/17/1929, Tristan 2/11/1930, Florestan 3/18/1930, Siegmund 11/11/1930, Siegfried 1/13/1931, 2/10/1931, Parsifal 3/31/1931, Babinsky 11/10/1931, Riégo 1/5/1932, Siegfried 4/5/1932, Tannhäuser 12/20/1932, Siegfried 1/17/1933, Jeník 2/14/1933 (Filadelfia)


Parlophon, Berlin 1919-10-30
Huguenots (Meyerbeer): Ihr Wangenpaar P1045  2-2503-2
Eugen Onegin (Tchaikovsky): Wohin, wohin, wohin seid ihr entschwunden P1069 2-2540
Trovatore (Verdi): Stretta P1060 2-2541
Trovatore (Verdi): Daß nur für mich dein Herz erbebt P1060 2-2542

Homocord, Berlin 1922-12-23
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Rezitativ und Arie des Canio 8135 50783

Homokord, Berlin 1922-12-25
Africaine (Meyerbeer): Land so wunderbar 8135 50780
Tosca (Puccini): Recondita armonia 8169  50784
Tosca (Puccini): E lucevan le stelle 8169 50779