Burian, Karel [Burrian, Carl]
- Desmond Shawe-Taylor
(b Rousinov, Jan 12, 1870; d Senomaty, nr Prague, Sept 25, 1924). Bohemian tenor. He made his first appearance at Brno on 28 March 1891 as Jeník in Smetana’s The Bartered Bride; after singing the title role in the same composer’s Dalibor the next day, he was offered a contract. By 1899 he had reached the National Theatre in Prague, but he did not remain for long with that company, having by then become a Heldentenor much in demand in Germany. For over a decade before World War I Burian was a leading and much-admired tenor at the Dresden Opera, where he made a powerful impression in the première (1905) of Strauss’s Salome as Herod, repeating this role in the first productions of the opera in both New York and Paris in 1907. Wagner was the mainstay of his international repertory; as well as singing Tristan in the Hungarian première of ...