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date: 19 November 2019

Kraus, Otakarlocked

  • Harold Rosenthal
  • , revised by Alan Blyth

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(b Prague, Dec 10, 1909; d London, July 28, 1980). British baritone of Czech birth. He studied in Prague and with Fernando Carpi in Milan, made his début at Brno in 1935 as Amonasro, then sang with the Bratislava Opera (1936–9). He settled in England in 1940 and appeared at the Savoy Theatre in that year in Musorgsky’s The Fair at Sorochintsï. From 1943 to 1946 he sang with the Carl Rosa Opera Company, created Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia (1946) and joined the English Opera Group. After a season with the Netherlands Opera (1950–51), he joined the Covent Garden company and sang there until 1973, creating Diomede in Troilus and Cressida (1954) and King Fisher in The Midsummer Marriage (1955). He was also a notable Amonasro, Iago, Scarpia and Orestes. His formidable Alberich was much admired at Covent Garden, where he sang under Kempe; Kempe then took him to Bayreuth, where he repeated the role (...

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