Eberhard Katz

19 October 1928 Krombach – 13 May 2002 Cologne

Picture of Eberhard Katz

Broadside of La Walkyrie at Nice Cimiez, July 10-13, 1968
Die Walküre at Nice Cimiez, 10–13 July 1968

Eberhard Katz sings Die Walküre: Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond
In RA format

Eberhard Katz sings Macbeth: Ach, meine armen Kinder ... Die Heimat zu retten, with unknown tenor (Malcolm)
In RA format

A son of the mayor of the village where he was born, Katz was a brewer at the well-known beer plant there for many years, and as a soloist in amateur choirs gained local prominence as "the singing brewer". Eventually, he studied voice at the Cologne academy of music, with the enthusiastic (and financial) support of his brewery, where he continued to work (four days a week at the beer plant, two days at the academy).

He spent his entire career, from 1962 to 1997, at the Cologne opera theater. Additionally, he was at the Stuttgart opera for many years, where he even sang until 1998. He never sang exclusively main roles, but he sang quite a lot of them, and very heavy ones to boot (even Tristan); in the long second part of his career, he only appeared in small and smallest parts, even in speaking parts.

Reference 1, reference 2


Ariadne auf Naxos (Bacchus) – Tübingen, Studentische Festwochen, 22 June 1961
Tiefland (Pedro) – Tübingen, Studentische Festwochen, 1961
Simon Boccanegra (Capitano) – Köln, Opernhaus, 1962
Die Zauberflöte (1. Geharnischter) – Köln, Opernhaus, February 1962
Nabucco (Ismaele) – Köln, Opernhaus, 1963
Rodelinda (Grimoaldo) – May 1963
Der Zaubertrank (Zweite Stimme: Tristan) – Köln, Opernschule, 23 June 1962
Der Rosenkavalier (Wirt) – Köln, Opernhaus, 14 November 1963
Skazka o tsare Saltane (Gvidon) – Köln, Opernhaus, 9 December 1963
Cavalleria rusticana (Turiddu) – Köln, Opernhaus
Lohengrin (2. Edler) – Köln, Opernhaus, 19 December 1963
Aida (Messaggero) – Köln, Opernhaus, 21 December 1963
Der Freischütz (Max) – Köln, Opernhaus, 21 December 1963
Fidelio (1. Gefangener) – Köln, Opernhaus, 1 January 1964
Arabella (Elemer) – Köln, Opernhaus, 1964
Fidelio (Florestan) – Köln, Opernhaus, 6 March 1964
Der fliegende Holländer – Köln, Opernhaus, 12 April 1964
Pikovaja dama – Köln, Opernhaus, 9 May 1964
Billy Budd (Red Wiskes) – Köln, Opernhaus, 1965
Die Walküre – Köln, Opernhaus, February 1965
Salome – Köln, Opernhaus, 17 September 1965
Macbeth (Macduff) – Köln, Opernhaus, 1966
Khovanshchina (Golitsyn) – Köln, Opernhaus, 1966
Tannhäuser – Köln, Opernhaus, 8 February 1967
Lohengrin – Dortmund, Opernhaus, 23 September 1967
Skazanie o nevidimom grade Kitezhe i deve Fevronii (Vsevolod) – Köln, Opernhaus, 3 February 1968
Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (Jack) – Köln, Opernhaus, 29 March 1969
Tristan und Isolde – Dortmund, Opernhaus, 24 January 1970
Boris Godunov (Shujskij) – Köln, Opernhaus, 30 September 1970
Parsifal – Dortmund, Concert, March 1972
Der Besuch der alten Dame (Bügermeister) – Köln, Opernhaus, 7 October 1972
Prodaná nevěsta (Principál) – Köln, Opernhaus, 27 May 1973
Contes d'Hoffmann (Spalanzani) – Köln, Opernhaus, 5 October 1980
Die Fledermaus (Orlofsky) – Köln, Opernhaus, 31 January 1983
Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria (Iro) – Köln, Opernhaus
Agrippina (Narciso) – Schwetzinger Festspiele, 1 May 1985
Idomeneo (Poseidon)
Die Meistersinger von Nüberg (Vogelsang) – Köln, Opernhaus
Il barbiere di Siviglia (Ufficiale)
Carmen (Lillas Pastia)
Reference: Klaus Schreiber Eberhard Katz Vom Krombacher Chorsänger zum gefeierten Heldentenor. Stationen eines Künsterlebens, 2003
I wish to thank Claude Ribou for the picture and broadside.

Go Home