- Peter Branscombe
(b Düsseldorf, May 10, 1901; d Vienna, Jan 12, 1975). German tenor. After studying with Grenzebach in Berlin he became a principal tenor at Dresden in 1928. From 1933 he was at the Berlin Staatsoper, appearing also at the Metropolitan (from 1931), Bayreuth (from 1933, and again in 1952), Covent Garden (1934 and 1937) and in many other houses in Europe and the USA. He became a member of the Vienna Staatsoper in 1937, appearing at many Salzburg festivals and creating roles in such new works as von Einem’s Der Prozess (Josef K, 1953), Liebermann’s Penelope (1954) and Wagner-Régeny’s Das Bergwerk zu Falun (1961). Lorenz was for almost three decades a prominent Wagnerian tenor, celebrated as Tristan, Siegfried and Walther in particular; he was also a notable Othello, Bacchus and Herod. Late in his career he showed his versatility in a number of smaller and less characteristic parts, but he continued to be a striking Tristan and Florestan into his mid-50s. ...