Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

May 31, 2021

Rudolf Krasa (Bass-Baritone) (Loket, Czech Republic 16. 1. 1859 – Berlin, Germany 24. 7. 1936)


His voice was discovered when, after his service as an officer in the Austrian artillery, he took part in a concert of the German students in Prague. The Prague pedagogue A. Vogel took over his training, after which he started his stage career at the Court theater of Gera (Thuringia). In 1886 he joined to the Berlin Court Opera, then he appeared at the City Theater of St. Gallen, also sang at the Court Theaters of Neustrelitz and Darmstadt and at the City Theater of Zurich. He remained a member of this opera house for many years. He had a sensational successes as Beckmaesser in the "Meistersingern" (1898) and as Alberich in the Nibelungenring (1899), which then resulted in roles such as Biterolf in "Tannhäuser" and Fasolt in "Rheingold". On December 13th, 1904 he appeared at the Königliches Opernhaus in Berlin in the world premiere of Ruggero Leoncavallo's opera "Der Roland von Berlin" and before that he sang in the world premieres of three operas by Wilhelm Kienzl "Der Evangelimann" (May 4, 1895), "Don Quixote" (November 18, 1898 ) and "Heilmar, der Narr" (January 28, 1902). In 1897 he participated also in the world premiere of the opera "Enoch Arden" by Victor Hansmann, in 1899 in the posthumous opera "Regina" by Albert Lortzing. After his retirement (1927), he taught singing in Berlin.

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