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Otakar Mařák

(1872—1939)


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(b Esztergom, Hungary, 5 Jan 1872; d Prague, 2 July 1939). Czech tenor. He studied at the Prague Conservatory with Paršova-Zikešová. In 1899 he made his début at Brno as Faust and from 1900 he appeared at the New German Theatre, Prague. He sang under Gustav Mahler at the Vienna Hofoper, created Gennaro in Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari's I gioielli della Madonna (1911, Berlin) and sang in the première of Ferruccio Busoni's Die Brautwahl (1912, Hamburg). In 1913 he was the first London Bacchus (Ariadne auf Naxos), and the following year he sang in Chicago as Parsifal in the local première of Richard Wagner's opera. He was principal tenor at the Prague National Theatre from 1914 and retired from the stage in 1934. His recordings, including a complete Pagliacci, give a fair indication of his vocal and dramatic strengths.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.


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