Edelmann, Otto (Karl)

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Edelmann, Otto (Karl)

Edelmann, Otto (Karl), noted Austrian bass-baritone; b. Brünn am Gebirge, near Vienna, Feb. 5, 1917. He studied with Lierhammer and Graarud at the Vienna Academy of Music, making his operatic debut as Mozart’s Figaro in Gera in 1937; he then sang in Nuremberg (1938--10). After military service during World War II, he resumed his career as a leading member of the Vienna State Opera from 1947. He also sang at the Bayreuth Festival, the Salzburg Festival, La Scala in Milan, the Hamburg State Opera, the Edinburgh Festival, and other major operatic centers. On Nov. 11,1954, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as Hans Sachs, a role in which he particularly excelled; he continued to sing there regularly until 1976. His most famous role was that of Baron Ochs in Der Rosenkavalier.


S. M. Schlinke, O. £.: Ein Meistersinger aus Wien (Vienna, 1987).

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