(b Munich, 26 Nov 1870; d Garmisch, 12 Jan 1953). German tenor. His long career was almost entirely centred on Munich, where he remained for nearly 40 years, concentrating on the heroic Wagner repertory, until his farewell in Siegfried on 15 December 1931. Between 1901 and 1913 he made many successful appearances at Covent Garden, and was even more appreciated at the Metropolitan (1904–8), where his performance fees were, at one time, twice those earned by Van Rooy. Knote was a superior, if typical, Wagnerian Heldentenor, who made many pre-1914 recordings and a further Wagner series as late as 1930, demonstrating the amazing endurance of his vocal powers.
From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.