(b Düsseldorf, 18 March 1886; d Pöcking, nr Starnberg, 2 Oct 1971). German tenor. He studied with Lilli Lehmann in Berlin and made his début in 1913 at the Charlottenburg opera, where he remained until 1923, the year of his Metropolitan début as Walther. He sang in the first American performances of Jenůfa, Die ägyptische Helena and Švanda the Bagpiper. At Covent Garden (1926–30) he sang Erik, Siegfried, Tristan and Walther. He continued to appear in Munich, Vienna and other European theatres until 1937. His repertory included Arnold (Guillaume Tell), Hoffmann and John of Leyden (Le prophète). A handsome man and an intelligent actor, he was renowned as Tristan and Siegfried, and recorded excerpts from both roles.
From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.