Tichatschek, Joseph (Aloys) [Ticháček, Josef]
- John Warrack
(Aloys) [Ticháček, Josef]
(b Ober-Weckelsdorf [now Teplice, nr Broumov], July 11, 1807; d Blasewitz, nr Dresden, Jan 18, 1886). Bohemian tenor . He had his first music lessons from his father Václav Ticháček, and sang in the choir at the Broumov Gymnasium. In 1827 he was sent to study medicine in Vienna, where he had singing lessons from Giuseppe Ciccimarra, and in 1830 he joined the chorus of the Kärntnertortheater. He soon progressed to comprimario parts, and made his début as a principal in Graz in 1837. He sang in Vienna that year, and also made his Dresden début on 11 August 1837 in the title role of Auber’s Gustavus III; the following year he was appointed to the Dresden Hofoper. With Wilhelmine Schröder-Devrient, from whose friendship and advice he greatly benefited, and the baritone Anton Mitterwurzer, Tichatschek helped the Dresden Opera set new standards of singing. In 1841 he sang at the Drury Lane Theatre (as Adolar, Tamino and Robert le diable), as well as in Manchester and Liverpool. He was pensioned in ...