Having been brought up in an orphanage, he learned the trade of a carpenter. There he was able to join in the chorus of the Municipal Theatre of Duisburg-Bochum, where he was supported by the well-known director Saladin Schmidt. In 1929-30 he sang in the choir of Cologne Opera. Study and training for a solo career at Julius Lenz in Cologne. In 1930-32 was again a chorister at the Opera House of Stuttgart, 1932-33 again in Cologne. Finally, he was employed at the Cologne Opera as a soloist and first used in lyrical passages (Lyonel in Flotow’s “Martha,” Pinkerton in “Madame Butterfly”, Matteo in “Arabella” by R. Strauss). He worked there in 1933 in the world premiere of the opera “with the pagan king” of Siegfried Wagner. He came through the theater of Darmstadt (1934-35) and Erfurt (1935-38) at the Opera House from Dusseldorf (1938-44). In 1943-52 he worked at the State Opera in Dresden, he was after the Second World War, known internationally as a Wagner singer. 1951-52 and 1957, he appeared at the Bayreuth Festival on as Siegfried in Nibelungen Ring. In 1939 guest performance at the Opera House of Frankfurt as Manrico in “Il Trovatore” and as Riccardo in “Masked Ball” by Verdi; 1952-57 he was a member of the Frankfurt Ensemble as a member. Since 1952, at the State Opera in Munich from commitment. He has appeared in 1937 at the Festival of Sopot as Tannhäuser, 1944 at the Vienna Volksoper. At the Berlin Comic Opera he sang 1950 the title role in “The poor sailor,” by D. Milhaud, 1950 at the Vienna State Opera of Walther von Stolzing in “Die Meistersinger” and the Othello by Verdi, at the Grand Opéra Paris 1955 the Siegfried at the Teatro Comunale in Florence in 1954 and Parsifal at Covent Garden Opera in London in 1957 the Siegfried in “Götterdämmerung.” Further guest performances at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels (1957), at La Scala (1959 as Erik in “The Flying Dutchman”), the Teatro San Carlos, Lisbon (1959), at the Opera House of Zurich (1959), at the City Opera Berlin, at the State Operas of Hamburg and Stuttgart and the Staatstheater Karlsruhe. In the 1954-55 season at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City involved (inaugural game: Tannhauser, then known as Tristan and Parsifal as). In 1956 he appeared at the Munich State Opera in the world premiere of the opera “Don Juan de Mañara” by H. Tomasi, his last stage appearance was in 1959 at the Municipal Theatre of Duisburg place as Siegfried. His stage Florestan in “Fidelio”, Lohengrin, Siegmund in “Valkyrie”, Matthias in “Evangelimann” by W. Kienzl, title role in “Poor Henry,” by H. Pfitzner, Pedro “lowlands” of E. d ‘ Albert, Bacchus in “Ariadne auf Naxos,” Herod in “Salome” and Aegisthus in “Elektra” by Richard Strauss, Fabiano in “The favorite” by R. Wagner Régeny, Rodolfo in “La Bohème”, title roles in “Hoffmann narratives “of Offenbach and” Sly “by E. Wolf-Ferrari. In addition to his work on stage, he also had a distinguished career in the field of concert singing.
Discs; Sang on the brands Oceanic and Urania in complete opera recordings (“Salome”, “Der Freischütz,” “Meistersinger”). At Rococo appeared a complete recording of the “Rose of the Garden of Love,” by Hans Pfitzner, on melodrama Erik in “The Flying Dutchman,” Pedro, “lowland” and an extensive album of opera scenes (radio recordings) on Estro Armonico Siegfried in the Ring cycle (Bayreuth 1957), and recordings of performances on EJS Cetra Live Opera (“Siegfried”), BASF and Orfeo (“Twilight of the Gods”, Munich 1955).
as Tannhäuser 1940
as Tannhäuser Dresden
as Siegfried (collection G&K)
as Siegfried Bayreuth 1952
as Siegfried with Varnay Bayreuth 1952
as Siegfried with Dick Zürich 1959
as Siegfried with Kuen Bayreuth 1952
as Otello Köln 1957
as Otello Dresden
as Pedro (?) Dresden
as ? Dresden
as Max (?) Dresden
as Herodes München 1955
Portrait Bayreuth 1952 (by courtesy of Hanny Kopetz)