Horst Taubmann

14 February 1912 Pirna – 28 November 1991 Munich

Picture of Horst Taubmann with Lisa Della Casa
with Lisa Della Casa

Horst Taubmann sings La fanciulla del West: Lasset sie glauben
In RA format
After vocal studies in Dresden, he made his debut in 1933 in Chemnitz as Lyonel. Via Stuttgart (1935–37) and Freiburg (1937–40), he came to the Munich State Opera, where he sang a very successful Lohengrin. In 1942, he was Flamand in the world premiere of Strauss' Capriccio; he also took part in the first performance of Strauss' Liebe der Danae in Salzburg in 1944 (considered a final rehearsal and not a world premiere, since the festival was cancelled that year because of the war).

After the war, he was a member of the Vienna Volksoper (1946–50) and the Kassel theater (1950–53); as a guest, he sang in Munich, at the Vienna Staatsoper and at the Salzburg Festival. He retired as early as 1955 and assumed a leading position at the Deutsche Grammophon record company.

Reference: Kutsch & Riemens

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