Richard Holm


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(b Stuttgart, 3 Aug 1912; d Munich, 20 July 1988). German tenor. He studied in Stuttgart with Rudolf Ritter and made his début at Kiel in 1937. After engagements at Nuremberg and Hamburg, in 1948 he joined the Staatsoper in Munich. In 1950 he sang Belmonte at Glyndebourne. He made his Metropolitan début in 1952 as David. At Covent Garden in 1953 he sang David and Flamand in the British première of Capriccio, given by the Munich company. He returned to London as Loge, 1958–60 and 1964–6; he also appeared at Bayreuth, Salzburg and Vienna. His extensive repertory included Tamino, which he sang in Felsenstein's 1954 production of Die Zauberflöte at the Komische Oper, Berlin, and Robespierre in Gottfried von Einem's Dantons Tod. At Munich he created Wallenstein in Paul Hindemith's Die Harmonie der Welt (1957) and Black in Werner Egk's Die Verlobung in San Domingo (1963), and in 1975 he sang Aschenbach in Death in Venice. He also sang in oratorio. His voice, though not large, was well schooled and pleasing, and he was a sensitive performer; his recordings include the tenor solo part of The Creation and the role of Max in Der Freischütz.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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