Hermann Uhde          (Preiser 93471)
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Hermann Uhde          (Preiser 93471)
V1753. HERMANN UHDE, w.Keilberth, Leitner, Rother & Knappertsbusch Cond.: Arias from Giulio Cesare, Carmen, Rigoletto, Tiefland, Der Freischütz, Lohengrin, Der Fliegende Holländer & Die Walküre. (Austria) Preiser 93471, recorded 1952-57, partially Live Performances. Long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 717281934718


“Uhde’s voice was robust and powerful, but pleasing because it was smooth and even. His diction was excellent and he was a charismatic singing actor….Uhde sings [Wotan’s Farewell] with very expressive diction and silken legato.”

- Michael Mark, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, May / June, 2011

“On the opera stage the connection of intellect and passion is seldom. This is why stage singers like Hermann Uhde deserve the greatest appreciation; they uplift the opera to the highest level of musical drama.”

- Audrey Williamson, OPERA, Dec., 1961

“Hermann Uhde’s American mother was a student of the famous baritone Karl Scheidemantel. He was trained as a bass, by Philipp Kraus at the Opera School in Bremen, where he made his début as Titurel (1936). After engagements in Freiburg and Munich he appeared for the first time in baritone rôles at the Deutsches Theater im Haag in 1942. A prisoner-of-war from April 1945 to February 1946, he did not return to the stage until 1947. He subsequently appeared at the opera houses of Hamburg, Vienna and Munich where he became a member of the ensemble. He gained great success in rôles such as Mandryka, Gunther and Telramund, in which he was particularly admired. The artist was regularly invited to the Bayreuth Festival from 1951 to 1960 where he became one of its most important members, appearing as Holländer, Klingsor, Gunther, Donner, Wotan in RHEINGOLD, Telramund and Melot. He was also a guest at the Salzburg Festival and performed a superb Wozzeck at the Met (sung in English!) where he regularly appeared from 1955 to 1961 and again in 1964. He sang at the Grand Opéra Paris as well as at other European opera houses. He created several rôles, including Creon in Orff’s ANTIGONAE, the baritone rôles in Britten’s THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA and Wagner-Régeny’s DAS BERGWERK ZU FALUN. He died of a heart attack during a performance of Niels Viggo Bentzon’s FAUST III, at Copenhagen in 1965.”

- Andrea Shum-Binder, subito-cantabile