Streit, Kurt (Martin)
- Max Loppert
(b Itazuke, Japan, Oct 14, 1959). American tenor. After studying with Marilyn Tyler at the University of New Mexico (1980–84), he made his first European appearance at Hamburg in 1987; the relationship with the Hamburg company (1987–91) brought him, inter alia, leading roles in a Gluck double bill, Le cinesi and Echo et Narcisse, which was recorded at Schwetzingen. But it is as a Mozart tenor – light, gentle and romantic of tone, capable of proud utterance – that he swiftly rose to international prominence. He made his Glyndebourne début as Belmonte in 1988, and sang the part to acclaim at Covent Garden in 2001. He has been heard and seen to particular advantage as Tamino, a role that has taken him to many of the world's leading stages. Among his other roles are Ramiro (La Cenerentola), Ernesto (Don Pasquale), Strauss's Flamand and Britten's Lysander and Quint. Streit's recordings include ...