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date: 03 April 2020

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  • Harold Rosenthal

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(b Bremen, March 19, 1911). German tenor . He studied in Bremen and made his début there in 1930. After engagements in Wiesbaden as Nando (Tiefland) and in Breslau, he sang David at Bayreuth (1943–4), returning in 1952 as Loge, a role to which he was particularly suited and which he sang at Covent Garden during the 1950s. He sang regularly at the Berlin Staatsoper and Städtische Oper, where in 1947 he was the first Berlin Grimes. In 1957 at short notice he sang the role of Walther in English in his own production of Die Meistersinger at Covent Garden. In 1961 he was appointed chief resident director at Frankfurt and in 1967 resident director at the Berlin Staatsoper. He appeared at the Metropolitan Opera during 1938–9 in roles including Froh, Mime and the Holy Fool in Boris Godunov. A highly intelligent singer, he lacked the voice necessary for an international career....

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