Kurt Böhme German bass 1908-89

Kurt Böhme German bass 1908-89

Böhme var 1930-49 engagerad vid Staatsoper i sin födelsestad Dresden där han bl.a. medverkade vid uruppförandet av Richard Strauss Arabella 1933. 1950 kom han till Bayerische Staatsoper i München och sjöng från 1955 även på Wiener Staatsoper. 1941-59 medverkade han vid festspelen i Salzburg där han sjöng Mozartpartier och medverkade vid uruppföranden. Hans glansparti var Ochs i Rosenkavaljeren men han var också berömd som Wagnersångare i buffapartier.

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Born: May 5, 1908 – Dresden, Germany
Born: May 5, 1908 – Dresden, Germany
Died: December 20, 1989 – Munich, Germany

The distinguished German bass, Kurt (Gerhard) Böhme, was a student of Adolf Kluge at the Dresden Conservatory.

In 1930 Kurt Böhme made his operatic debut as Caspar in Der Freischütz at the Dresden State Opera, where he remained as one of its principal. artists until 1950; then was a member of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. In 1936 he made his first appearaqce at London’s Covent Garden with the visiting Dresden State Opera. Later he made regular appearances there from 1956 to 1970. He also was a guest artist in Vienna, Bayreuth, and Milan. In November 1954 he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in New York as Pogner in Die Meistersinger, and was again on its roster in 1956-1957 [2 seasons, 23 performances, 6 roles].

Kurt Böhme was especially admired for his Wagnerian roles, but he also won great acclaim as Baron Ochs.

Wikipedia In English

Kurt Böhme (5 May 1908 – 20 December 1989) was a German bass.

He was born in Dresden, Germany, where he studied with Adolf Kluge at the Dresden Conservatory. He made his debut in 1930 in Bautzen as Kaspar, later one of his most important roles. From 1930-1950, he was a member of the Dresden State Opera, 1949 he became a member of the Munich State Opera and in 1955 a member of the Vienna State Opera. In the 1950s and 1960s he became known worldwide because of his acting talents, as Bass-Buffo Baron Ochs and also as “Bösewicht” (Kaspar 1954 with Wilhelm Furtwängler, Fafner 1958-1964 with Georg Solti). “Matteo” in Fra Diavolo; Dresden Nov. 1944.

He was known for his interpretations of Wagnerian roles, and Mozart’s big bass roles (Osmin, Sarastro, and the Commendatore), and Baron Ochs von Lerchenau in Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier.

He can be heard on numerous CDs, and seen on video in a speaking-only role (videotaped when he was 75 years old): the Third Priest in The Magic Flute (a performance from the Bayerischen Staatsoper, 1983, conducted by Wolfgang Sawallisch and featuring Lucia Popp, Francisco Araiza, and Kurt Moll).

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