|Birth: ||Mar. 20, 1890|
|Death: ||Mar. 18, 1973|
Opera singer. World-famous Wagner tenor. Debuted as a baritone at The Royal Opera, Copenhagen 1913. Second debut as a Wagner tenor (as "Tannhäuser) at the same theatre in 1918. Leading Wagner tenor at The Metropolitan Opera, New York 1926-1950, where he gave a total of 515 Wagner-performances. Appeared also in London 1926-39, Berlin 1925-39, Hamburg 1927-30, Bayreuth 1924-31. Frequent guest appearences all over Europe and Buenos Aires. The heroic scale of his singing, even as experienced through recordings, marks him as the foremost Heldentenor of the century. He gave 223 performances of Tristan, 183 of Siegmund ("Die Walküre"), 144 of Tannhäuser, 128 of (young) Siegfried and 107 of Götterdämmerung-Siegfried, 106 of Lohengrin, 81 of Parsifal and more than 2.000 concerts. Among his few non-Wagnerian roles were Otello, Radames (in "Aida) and Canio (in "Pagliacci"). He appeared in several radio-and TV shows in USA. He also appeared in the films, "Thrill of a Romance" (1945), "Two Sisters from Boston" (1946), "This Time for Keeps" (1947), "Luxury Liner" (1948), "The Stars are Singing" (1953), "Glamourous Hollywood" (1958).
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