Georg Anthes

12 March 1863 Bad Homburg – 23 February 1923 Budapest

Picture of Georg Anthes

Picture of Georg Anthes as Siegfried
His father was the conductor of a spa orchestra. Anthes studied with Julius Stockhausen in Frankfurt and Cesare Galliera in Milano. In concert, he made his debut already while studying; on stage, in 1888 in Freiburg as Max.

A guest appearance in Dresden in 1889 was so successful that he was immediately hired as first heldentenor; he was soon considered one of Germany's leading Wagner interpreters. In 1902, he broke his Dresden contract and went to New York for one Met season (another one followed in 1908/09).

1903–13 (i.e. until he retired), he was a member of the Budapest opera; he stayed in Budapest, first as a voice teacher at the conservatory, from 1920 as a stage director at the opera. Among his pupils were many important Hungarian singers, for instance Piroska (Rosette) Anday and Mária Németh.

Reference: Kutsch & Riemens

The below recording is just a fragment from that scene, a surprisingly long fragment, though – this is from a Mapleson cylinder! There exists also an unpublished cylinder.

Georg Anthes sings Tristan und Isolde: O sink hernieder with Lillian Nordica
In RA format

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