(b Wilfersdorf, Lower Austria, 14 March 1796; d Karlsruhe, 31 Dec 1869). Austrian tenor. After teaching in Vienna he studied harmony with Wölkert and singing with Mozzati; he later continued his studies with Antonio Salieri. He was engaged at the Theater an der Wien as primo tenore in 1821 and made a successful début as Gianetto (La gazza ladra); he then sang Don Ottavio, Lindoro (L’italiana in Algeri) and Florestan to Wilhelmine Schröder-devrient's Leonore (1822). He created Adolar in Euryanthe at the Kärntnertortheater in 1823; Julius Benedict described his performance in the première. The following year he sang the tenor solos in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Missa solemnis in the presence of the composer. He made successful visits to Prague, Pressburg, Frankfurt, Mannheim, Stuttgart and Karlsruhe, where he settled in 1826. In 1827 he married the actress and singer Amalie Neumann (1800–84), widow of the actor Karl Neumann. Together with Schröder-Devrient he gave a short season at the Opéra-Comique in Paris in 1831, singing Florestan, Max (Der Freischütz), and Huon in the Paris première of Oberon. In 1833 he sang Max, Tamino, Florestan and Adolar (in the London première of Euryanthe) with the German opera company at Covent Garden. Richard Mount Edgcumbe described his voice as ‘very beautiful’, although Henry Chorley found it ‘throaty and disagreeable’. He returned to England in 1841, and visited St Petersburg in 1835. He established a school of dramatic singing in Karlsruhe with his wife, and also published some music, including a song, Vergiss mein nicht, and a Lehrgang bei dem Gesangunterricht in Musikschulen (1843).
From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.