V1983. KARL JÖRN: The Latvian Tenor, Karl Jörn, incl. Songs by Schubert, Brahms, Hermann, von Fielitz & von Wickede; Arias from Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflöte, Der Freischütz, Marta, La Dame Blanche, La Fille du Régiment, Le Postillon de Longjumeau, Les Huguenots, L’Africaine, Manon, L’Elisir d'Amore, Forza, Der Roland von Berlin, Der Rosenkavalier, Der Fliegende Holländer, Parsifal, Tannhäuser, Lohengrin, Tristan, Die Meistersinger, Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried & Götterdämmerung. (Germany) 2-FLG 19031916, recorded 1903-15. Transfers by Christian Zwarg. Very Limited Edition.
“Karl Jörn was born in Riga as a shoemaker‘s son, learning his fathers trade. In 1895 he was adopted by a rich nobleman who enabled the young man to study singing. A year later he made his début as Lyonel (MARTA) in Freiburg. After public appearances in Zürich and Hamburg, he was engaged at the Berlin Hofoper in 1902. In 1905 Jörn sang at the Munich Festival His successful guest appearances as Florestan and Stolzing in Cologne during 1905 improved his position in Berlin, but he was still engaged mainly in the lighter German and French Repertoire. After Kaiser Wilhelm II expressed his liking for the singer, he finally was cast in the great Wagnerian parts.
From 1906 to 1908 Jörn appeared very successfully in London; on 22January, 1909 he finally made his New York début at the Metropolitan Opera as Stolzing. For the following years he commuted between New York and Berlin, but finished his contract with the Berlin Hofoper in 1911. From 1912 to 1914 he lived in New York and had a contract with the Metropolitan Opera. From 1914 on, he didn’t accept fixed engagements any more and returned to Europe. In 1916 the singer finally moved to the USA and became an American citizen.
In 1919 Jörn at last became a singing teacher in Denver (Colorado). Surprisingly he received an invitation from Johanna Gadski in 1929 to appear on stage again with her touring ‘German Opera Company’. Once more Karl Jörn was highly celebrated, especially for his début in the role of Tristan (at age 56!). In 1932 he tried to settle as a singing teacher in New York, but soon after retured to Denver, where he died on 19 December, 1947.
Jörn’s numerous records show the exceptional versatility of his voice, his repertoire ranging from Mozart and the lighter German and French parts to the great Wagner rôles. Even with German Lieder he was very successful.”
-Zillah D. Akron