Fritz Krauss


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(b Lehenhammer, 16 June 1883; d Überlingen, 28 Feb 1976). German tenor. After studying in Munich, Berlin and Milan, he made his début in Bremen in 1911. Engagements followed in Danzig and Kassel, and he was a house tenor at Cologne from 1915 to 1921, when he was called to the Staatsoper in Munich. There he enjoyed his greatest successes until his retirement in 1943. In 1931 he created the role of Asmus Modiger in Hans Pfitzner's Das Herz. He was also a regular guest at the Vienna Staatsoper, took the role of Ferrando in the first performances of Così fan tutte ever given at the Salzburg Festival, and was much admired at Covent Garden in 1926–7 as Walther von Stolzing, Don Ottavio, Belmonte and Florestan. However, to judge from recordings, Krauss's most impressive role was Lohengrin, which showed his strong, shining tenor at its best. He was also a notable Huon (Oberon), Radames, Tannhäuser, Siegmund, Parsifal and Hoffmann.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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