Erich Kunz Austrian bass-baritone 1909-1995

Erich Kunz Austrian bass-baritone 1909-1995

Erich Kunz (20 May 1909 in Vienna – 8 September 1995 in Vienna) was an Austrian operatic bass baritone, particularly associated with the roles of Papageno and Beckmesser.

Erich Kunz Austrian bass-baritone 1909-1995

He studied in Vienna with Lierhammer and Duhan, and made his stage debut in Opava, as Osmin, in 1933. He then sang in Plauen (1936–37), Breslau (1937–41).

He made his debut at the Vienna State Opera in 1940, where he quickly established himself as a specialist of Mozart roles such as Figaro, Leporello, Guglielmo, Papageno, roles he also sang at the Salzburg Festival and Aix-en-Provence Festival. He was also renowned for his portrayal of Beckmesser, which he sang at the Bayreuth Festival in 1943 and 1951.

He made guest appearances at the Paris Opéra, and sang at the Metropolitan Opera in New York (1952–54).

Considered an outstanding singing-actor with a superb sense of comedy, he also enjoyed great success in operetta. Several recorded performances as Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus are available.

He can be seen as Faninal in Paul Czinner’s movie of Der Rosenkavalier with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, conducted by Herbert von Karajan.

Bayreuther Festspiele

1951

Metropolitan Opera

[Met Performance] CID:161130  
Don Giovanni {158}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/26/1952
Debuts: Hilde Zadek, Erich Kunz
Review
[Met Performance] CID:161230
Don Giovanni {159}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/6/1952
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:161250
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {266}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/8/1952
Review
[Met Performance] CID:161290
Don Giovanni {160}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/12/1952
[Met Performance] CID:161340
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {267}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/17/1952
[Met Performance] CID:161390
Don Giovanni {161}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/22/1952
[Met Performance] CID:161500
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {268}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/2/1953
[Met Performance] CID:161630
Don Giovanni {162}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/15/1953
Review
[Met Performance] CID:161700
Der Rosenkavalier {144}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/22/1953
Debuts: Endre Koreh, Adelino Palomanos, Rudolf Mayreder
Review
[Met Performance] CID:161750
Der Rosenkavalier {145}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/26/1953
[Met Performance] CID:161860
Der Rosenkavalier {146}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/4/1953
[Met Performance] CID:164010  
Le Nozze di Figaro {130}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/20/1953
Debuts: Irmgard Seefried, Lisa Della Casa, Maria Leone, Sandra Warfield
Reviews
[Met Performance] CID:164040
Le Nozze di Figaro {131}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/23/1953
[Met Performance] CID:164140
Le Nozze di Figaro {132}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/3/1953
[Met Performance] CID:164220 
Don Giovanni {168}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/10/1953
Debut: Cesare Valletti
Reviews
[Met Performance] CID:164280
Le Nozze di Figaro {133}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/16/1953
[Met Performance] CID:164320
Don Giovanni {169}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/19/1953
Review
[Met Performance] CID:164380
Le Nozze di Figaro {134}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/26/1953
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:164440
Don Giovanni {170}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/1/1954
[Met Performance] CID:164490
Don Giovanni {171}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/6/1954
[Met Performance] CID:164530
Le Nozze di Figaro {135}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/9/1954
[Met Performance] CID:164640
Don Giovanni {172}
The American Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 01/19/1954
[Met Performance] CID:164700
Don Giovanni {173}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/25/1954
Review

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