Otto Edelmann

Opera singer

1917 – 2003

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Who was Otto Edelmann?

Otto Edelmann was an Austrian bass. He was born in Vienna and studied singing in Vienna with Gunnar Graarud. His debut was at Gera as Figaro in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. He later sang the Vienna State Opera, the Edinburgh Festival and the Metropolitan Opera. He sang at the Bayreuth Festival immediately after its reopening in 1951 after World War II, performing the role of Hans Sachs in Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. He also sang Ochs in Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier at the first performances in the new Salzburg Festspielhaus in 1960. In 1957, he recorded the role of Wotan opposite Kirsten Flagstad in Georg Solti's recording of Act III of Wagner's Die Walküre. He died in Vienna.

He is the father of the Austrian baritones Peter Edelmann and Paul-Armin Edelmann.

His voice was brassy and free, and very large, high for a bass but definitely a bass, not a baritone. He had a functional low extension, not full-sounding but very buzzy, which served him well in the role of Baron Ochs. His stage-personality and choice of roles tended toward likable comedic characters.

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Born
Feb 5, 1917
Brunn am Gebirge
Also known as
  • Edelmann, Otto
Nationality
  • Austria
Profession
Education
  • University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna
Lived in
  • Vienna
Died
May 14, 2003
Vienna

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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