V1682. THEO ADAM, w.Suitner Cond. Dresdner Staatskapelle: Arias from Nozze, Don Giovanni, Zauberflöte & Zaïde. (Germany) Berlin Classics 0013762. Specially priced. - 782124137625
“Theo Adam was one of the leading bass-baritones of the post-World War II era, particularly well known for his Wagnerian rôles. His professional début was at the Dresden State Opera in 1949, which led to a guest appearance in the 1952 Bayreuth Festival, which was also the year he joined the Berlin State Opera. Despite the handicap of living in the Soviet bloc, Adam was selected in 1963, after a few appearances in smaller rôles, to sing the rôle of Wotan in Wagner's RING at Bayreuth in 1963. He later sang the other major bass-baritone and bass rôles in many Wagner operas, including Hans Sachs, King Mark, Amfortas, and the Dutchman. Adam was also well known for the rôles of Baron Ochs, Pizzaro, Wozzeck, King Philip, La Roche, Don Giovanni, and other important parts.
Adam appeared at the world's most prestigious venues, with débuts at the Metropolitan in 1963, Covent Garden in 1967, and the 1972 Salzburg Festival. He was also a highly esteemed oratorio singer. In addition to singing the Bach Passions and several cantatas, he was exceptional in the title rôle of Mendelssohn's ELIJAH.”
- Joseph Stevenson, allmusic.com