Erich Witte

19 March 1911 Grudziądz/Graudenz – 30 June 2008 Berlin

Picture of Erich Witte as Parsifal

Picture of Erich Witte as Cardinal Albrecht with Jaro Prohaska as Mathis in Mathis de Maler
as Cardinal Albrecht with Jaro Prohaska in Mathis der Maler

Picture of Erich Witte (Portrait)

Picture of Erich Witte as Otello
Otello with Tiana Lemnitz
Witte studied voice with Philipp Kraus and made his debut in 1930, 1932 or 1934 (according to different sources) in Bremen. 1937/38, he sang in Wiesbaden, and in the 1938/39 season, he was successful as a buffo at the Metropolitan Opera, New York; he sang as a guest in Buenos Aires, London and Vienna thereafter, while being a member of the Breslau opera (now Wrocław/Poland). From 1941 a member of the Staatsoper Berlin, which he remained through the end of his career in 1960. In his early Berlin years, he was still a comprimario, while in his later years, he became a heldentenor (1952 and 1953 also at the Bayreuth festival). After his career, he was a stage director at the Frankfurt opera. Made very few recordings.
Erich Witte sings Otello: Gott, warum hast du gehäuft
In RA format

Erich Witte sings Otello: Jeder Knabe kann mein Schwert mir entreißen
In RA format

Erich Witte sings Abu Hassan: Ich gebe Gastereien
In RA format

Max Lorenz sings Siegfried: Nothung! Nothung! ... Schmiede, mein Hammer ... So schneidet Siegfrieds Schwert, with Erich Witte (Mime)
In RA format
I wish to thank Daniele Godor for the pictures.

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