(b Munich, 28 Oct 1894; d Munich, 18 Jan 1957). German tenor. He studied in Würzburg and made his début as Loge at Bayreuth in 1925, returning regularly until 1941 as Loge, Walther and Parsifal. After engagements in Hagen and Chemnitz, in 1928 he took part in the première of Franz Schreker's Der singende Teufel at the Berlin Staatsoper, where he remained until 1943 and, in addition to his Wagner roles, sang the title role in Hans Pfitzner's Palestrina. He appeared regularly at Covent Garden (1929–38) in Wagner roles and as Aegisthus (Elektra). He also sang in Vienna, Paris, Prague and other European cities, and as Walther in Cleveland (1934–5). His beautiful voice and dignity of bearing admirably suited him to such roles as Lohengrin and Parsifal.
From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.