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date: 15 December 2019

Burg [Bartl], Robert locked

  • J.B. Steane

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(b Prague, March 29, 1890; d Dresden, Feb 9, 1946). Czech baritone . He studied in Prague, where he made his début in 1915. After a season at Augsburg, he joined the company at Dresden and remained there from 1916 to the time of his death. He took the title role in two important premières: Busoni’s Doktor Faust (1925) and Hindemith’s Cardillac (1926). He was also involved in the ‘Verdi renaissance’ of those years, under Fritz Busch, singing such roles as Count di Luna in Il trovatore, Renato in Un ballo in maschera and Amonasro in Aida. At Bayreuth he appeared first in 1933, singing Kothner in Die Meistersinger and Klingsor in Parsifal and gaining highest praise for his Alberich. A guest artist in many other German cities, he also made some appearances in Austria, Hungary and Switzerland. Whatever his best qualities, they are not well represented on records, where the voice sounds ungainly and the style often faulty: his acting ability and carrying power created a more favourable impression in the theatre....

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