V0325. MARCEL WITTRISCH: Arias & Duets (w.Teschemacher, Korjus, Klose, Strienz & Hüsch) from Barbiere, Lakmé, Les Huguenots, Les Pêcheurs de Perles, Carmen, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Ernani, Il Trovatore, La Traviata, Der Barbier von Bagdad, Cavalleria, La Boheme & Pagliacci. (Austria) Preiser 89024, recorded 1931-36. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy!
“Marcel Wittrisch was a popular German operatic tenor whose career began in Halle, Saxony-Anhalt in 1925 in a production of HANS HEILING by Marschner at the Halle Opera House. He then went to Brunswick and on to Berlin, where he sang opera from 1929 to 1944. Wittrisch also appeared as Eisenstein in DIE FLEDERMAUS at the Royal Opera House, London in 1931. The fact that Wittrisch was able to carve out a fine career in the face of competition from such renowned German tenor rivals as Richard Tauber, Helge Roswaenge, Franz Völker, Julius Patzak, and Peter Anders, among others, testifies to his talent. Wittrisch's singing in his prime during the 1930s was characterised by a fresh, gleaming tone and easy top notes. As his voice matured, he undertook heavier operatic roles such as Wagner's Lohengrin in 1937 at the Bayreuth Festival and eventually Siegmund and Parsifal after the Second World War. He died in Stuttgart, aged 53.”