Karl Kurz-Stolzenberg

1870 – 28 February 1940 Heidelberg

Karl Kurz-Stolzenberg singsL'Africaine: Land so wunderbar
He began his career in Barmen-Elberfeld in the 1898/99 season. After a few years as a freelance artist, he was at the Municipal Theater from 1902 to 1904, in Riga from 1904 to 1906, and at the Vienna Hofoper from 1906 to 1908.

Next, he restudied with the voice teacher Alfieri in Berlin. 1909/10, he was a member of the theater in Halle an der Saale, and then again a freelancer for the rest of his career, singing primarily in Mannheim, Braunschweig, Karlsruhe, Nürnberg and Dessau.

After retiring as a tenor, he was a stage director, and finally a voice teacher at the Stern Conservatory in Berlin.

He sang primarily dramatic parts: Tannhäuser, Lohengrin, Loge, Siegmund, Siegfried, Stolzing, Erik, Florestan, Radames, Canio, Raoul, Jean de Leyde or Éléazar.

His recordings are extremely elusive, and virtually unknown. Kutsch & Riemens mention only one Edison cylinder, and believe he made Pathé recordings that never surfaced, though. In fact, he recorded (other than that single Edison cylinder) for Beka and Ultima.

Beka, Vienna, March/April 1904
7231	 Lohengrin (Wagner): Nun sei bedankt					7231
7232	 Lohengrin (Wagner): Atmest du nicht					7232
7233	 Tannhäuser (Wagner): Dir töne Lob					7233
7234	 Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner): Morgenlich leuchtend		7234
7236	 Siegfried (Wagner): Nothung! Nothung!					7236
7240	 Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner): Am stillen Herd			7240
7245	 Muette de Portici (Auber): O seht, wie herrlich strahlt der Morgen	7245
7246	 Evangelimann (Kienzl): Selig sind, die Verfolgung leiden		7246
7247	 Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner): Fanget an				7247
7248	 Lohengrin (Wagner): In fernem Land					7248
7281	 Africaine (Meyerbeer): Land so wunderbar				7281
7283	 Rienzi (Wagner): Allmächt'ger Vater					7283

Edison, Vienna, September (?) 1907
2M-15707 Juive (Halévy): Kehr, o Gott uns'rer Väter				15707

Ultima, Berlin, 1908 or 1909
173	 Lohengrin (Wagner): Atmest du nicht					137
Reference 1 for the biography: Kutsch & Riemens; reference 2: archives of the Vienna Staatsoper; discography source: Gesellschaft für historische Tonträger, Wien

Many thanks to Armin Mairhofer for the recording and the label scan.

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