Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

May 18, 2016

Karl Renner (Baritone) ( 24.12.1884 or 1886 Peuerbach/OÖ, † 24.6.1929 Wien)


He began his career in the 1909-1910 season at the Theater in Olmütz (Olomouc) and then sang in the 1910-1911 season at the Graz Theater. At the Opernhaus in Cologne, where he appeared from 1911 to 1923, he had a huge success. Here he sang on 19. 11. 1920 in the premiere of the  opera "Die tote Stadt" as Frank. In 1923 he was engaged by the Wiener Staatsoper, where he performed with tremendous success. In the 1925-1926 season he sang at the Salzburg festival in "Figaros Hochzeit" as well as in "Ariadne auf Naxos" by R. Strauss. In 1926 he belonged to the ensemble of the Viennese première of G. Puccini’s opera ‘’Turandot’’. His repertoire included Escamillo in ‘’Carmen’’, Wolfram in ‘’Tannhäuser’’, Gunther in "Götterdämmerung", Rigoletto, Tonio in ‘’Pagliacci’’ etc. 

Chronology of some appearances

1909-1910 Olmütz Theater
1910-1911 Graz Theater
1911-1923 Cologne Opernhaus
1923  Wiener Staatsoper
1925-1926 Salzburg festival


Vox, Berlin 1922-01?
Martha (Flotow): Porter-lied 207B
Rigoletto (Verdi): Feile Sklaven *03048 144A
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Prolog *03048 141A
Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini): Ich bin das Faktotum *03043 143A
Ballo in maschera (Verdi): Ja, du warst's *03043 142A

Vox, Berlin 1922-02?
Forza del destino (Verdi): In dieser feierlichen Stunde with Krauss  289A*04014
Bohème (Puccini): Ach, Geliebte with Krauss *04015 293A
Gioconda (Ponchielli): Enzo Grimaldo with Krauss *04015 294A
Belisar (Donizetti): Was seh ich (w. Krauss) *04014 290A
Zauberflöte (Mozart): Gute Nacht, du falsche Welt 3115 489B
Zauberflöte (Mozart): Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja 3115 490B
Tannhäuser (Wagner): Lied an den Abendstern *03096 303A
Tannhäuser (Wagner): Blick ich umher *03096 304A
Zar und Zimmermann (Lortzing): Sonst spielt' ich mit Szepter *03117 305A

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