V2209. JUAN LURIA: Songs by Giordani, Tosti, Paladilhe, Yradier, Tschaikowsky, Schubert, Schumann, Loewe, Rossi & Kellermann; Arias from Rigoletto, Il Trovatore, Ballo, Tosca, Carmen, L'Africaine, Der Trompeter von Säckingen, Tannhaüser, Xerxes & St. Paul (Mendelssohn). (Germany) FLG 19051912, recorded 1905-12. Transfers by Christian Zwarg. Extremely Limited Edition.
“Juan Luria (1862–1943) was a great Polish baritone. Born Johannes Lorié, he studied with Joseph Gänsbacher in Vienna. He performed with the Stuttgart Opera in 1885, then at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the 1890-91 season. While in New York, Luria sang the roles of Pizarro, Kurwenal, Alberich and Gunther, plus the American premieres of some little remembered operas such as DIANA VON SOLANGE (9 January, 1891). Among other Metropolitan Opera appearances he sang two Meyerbeer roles: de Nevers in LES HUGUENOTS and Count Oberthal in LE PROPHÈTE. He sang in the Berlin Theater des Westens, Brussels Theatre de la Monnaie and the Dresden Hoftheater in 1884. In Italy he sang under the name Giovanni Luria, in Genoa and at La Scala 1893-94, creating the first Italian Wotan. His voice, style and lyricism are redolent of Joseph Schwarz with wonderful projection, combined with sensitive style. Like Schwarz, he recorded most forwardly and successfully.
On retirement he turned to teaching. His students included Käthe Heidersbach, Elfriede Marherr, Michael Bohnen and the tenor Gotthelf Pistor. In 1937 he fled to the Netherlands, unfortunately not far enough, teaching in Amsterdam and Den Haag. When the Nazis occupied that country in 1940, he hid, lived in poverty, and was finally caught by the Nazis. After a concentration camp in Holland he was deported to Sobibor in 1942, at the age of 79, where he died on 21 May, 1943.”
- Loyal Bluto