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Karel Hruška was born on June 14th, 1891 in Plzeň. He studied singing with
Richard Figar, Josef Branzovský and Emil Burian, and made his debut in 1911 in Plzeň. Hruška became a soloist
at the Prague National Theatre in 1919, and he sang there until 1957. He became famous in buffo parts,
having inherited the mantle of Adolf Krössing. For example, he sang
the Principál komediantů (i. e. the Ringmaster) in Prodaná nevěsta no less
than 855 times. Occasionally, Hruška also sang main parts. |
He appeared in several films from 1913 to 1955, and he was a radio personality, hosting his own
show on the Czechoslovakian national radio.
The singer died on October 17th, 1966 in Prague.
I wish to thank Vladimir Efimenko for the recording and notes.