Rudolf Christ tenor 1916 -1982
The Austrian tenor Rudolf Christ (b. 1916) was born in Vienna where the larger part of his career was spent either in the Volksoper or Staatsoper, where he specialised in comprimario rôles. He studied with Alfred Vogel and then spent a number of years as a chorister at the Volksoper. He made his solo début at Innsbruck in 1941 and worked in Zurich between 1946 and 1949. Christ then joined the Vienna Volksoper, later becoming a member of the opera at Düsseldorf-Duisberg in 1956. He was a regular performer at the Salzburg Festival. Christ also appeared in Belgium and Italy.
Christ began his career in 1939 as chorister in the Vienna Volksoper. He then studied for three years with Adolf Vogel in Vienna. In 1941 he made his debut as soloist at the Landestheater in Innsbruck, and he worked from 1946-49 at the Zürich City Theatre as lyric tenor and operetta singer. In 1949 he went back to the Vienna Volksoper, where he remained a member of the Company until his retirement in 1976. In addition, Christ was from 1956 engaged at the German Oper am Rhein, at Düsseldorf-Duisburg, and made very numerous guest appearances at the Vienna State Opera, and also at the large theatres in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Italy and Switzerland. From 1955 he very often appeared also at the Salzburg Festival, most notably as Jaquino in Fidelio in 1958.
He was buried in the Grinzinger Cemetery in Vienna.