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Max Lorenz

  • Birth 10 May 1901 Düsseldorf, Düsseldorfer Stadtkreis, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
  • Death 11 Jan 1975 Salzburg, Salzburg Stadt, Salzburg, Austria
  • Burial Vienna, Wien Stadt, Vienna (Wien), Austria
  • Memorial ID 18526142

Opera Singer and Actor. Born in Dusseldorf, Germany, in 1901, Lorenz first studied with conductor Karl Kittel at Bayreuth, Germany. He was initially given small parts such as Froh in "Das Rheingold" and Walther in "Tannhauser." In 1927, he was picked up by the Dresden State Opera, where he stayed until 1931, when the call came from the Berlin State Opera and his career blossomed. By the 1940's Lorenz was recognized as one of the great Wagnerian tenors in the world, at the time arguably second only to Lauritz Melchior. He also sung the parts of Herodes in "Salome and Agisth in "Elektra." Lorenz's career took him from the Paris Opera, to the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Covent Garden and most of the other great opera houses throughout Europe, North and South America. Interestingly, his wife Lotte (Charlotte Appel, also an opera singer) was Jewish and he was able to protect her throughout World War II from Nazi persecution. Lorenz was also a major recording talent and made a significant amount of records during his career. As a teacher later in life, he taught the American tenor James King, among others.

Bio by: Harmonie Autographs and Music, Inc.


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  • Originally Created by: Harmonie Autographs and Music, Inc.
  • Added: 20 Mar 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 18526142
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Max Lorenz (10 May 1901–11 Jan 1975), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18526142, citing Zentralfriedhof, Vienna, Wien Stadt, Vienna (Wien), Austria ; Maintained by Find A Grave .