Ernster, Dcsző, Hungarian bass; b. Pécs, Nov. 23, 1898; d. Zurich, Feb. 15, 1981. He studied in Budapest and Vienna, and then sang in Plauen, Gera, and Dusseldorf. In 1929 he appeared at the Berlin State Opera, in 1931 at the Bayreuth Festival, and in 1933 at the Vienna State Opera. He then was a member of the Graz City Theater (1935–36). He made his first visit to the U.S. during the 1938–39 season, when he sang in N.Y. with the Salzburg Opera Guild. During World War II, he was interned in a concentration camp. On Nov. 20, 1946, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as Marke in Tristan und Isolde-, remained on its roster until 1964; was also a member of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Diisseldorf (1950–67).
J. Fàbiàn, E. (Budapest, 1969).
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