Lorenz, Max, greatly admired German tenor; b. Düsseldorf, May 17, 1901; d. Salzburg, Jan. 11, 1975. He studied with Grenzebach in Berlin. He made his debut as Walther von der Vogelweide in Tannhäuser at the Dresden State Opera (1927), then sang at the Berlin State Opera (1929–44) and the Vienna State Opera (1929–33; 1936–44; 1954). He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as Walther von Stolzing in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg on Nov. 12, 1931; was again on its roster in 1933–34 and from 1947 to 1950. Lorenz also sang at the Bayreuth Festivals (1933–39; 1952), London’s Covent Garden (1934; 1937), the Chicago Opera (1939–40), and the Salzburg Festivals (1953–55; 1961). He was particularly esteemed as a Wagnerian, but was also a noted Florestan, Othello, and Bacchus.
W. Herrmann, M. L. (Vienna, 1976).
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