V2480. KARL FRIEDRICH: Arias & Duets (w. Hilde Güden, Judith Hellwig & Hans Herbert Fiedler) from Il Trovatore, Forza, Carmen, Lohengrin, Giuditta, Der Rastelbinder, Der Göttergatte. Das Land des Lächelns, Eine Nacht in Venedig & 1001 Nacht. (France) Malibran AMR 116.
“Karl Friedrich was trained as a singer at the Vienna Music Academy, after which he sang in Stralsund, Magdeburg and Düsseldorf, eventually being engaged by the Vienna Staatsoper where music critic Ernst Descey spoke of his lovely messa di voce in the Air de la Fleur in CARMEN. Clemens Höslinger wrote of 'the light operetta-like coloration of his singing being strongly reminiscent of Richard Tauber’. From 1937 to 1950 Friedrich, a popular lirico spinto of his day, was a regular guest at the Salzburg Festival and was one of the busiest singers of the Vienna Staatsoper ensemble where he sang the lyric-dramatic tenor repertoire.
He also sang many roles in Lehár operettas, partly on the stage, partly in radio broadcasts. Friedrich is preserved in complete recordings of GIUDITTA and PAGANINI under the baton of Franz Lehár, plus recordings as Florestan (FIDELIO) under Clemens Krauss and Apollo (DAPHNE) under Karl Böhm.”