Taucher, Curt, German tenor; b. Nuremberg, Oct. 25, 1885; d. Munich, Aug. 7, 1954. He studied with Heinrich Hermann in Munich. He made his operatic debut as Faust in Augsburg in 1908; then sang in Chemnitz (1911-14) and Hannover (1915-20). In 1920 he joined the Dresden State Opera, remaining there until 1934; during his tenure there, he created the role of Menelaus in Strauss’s opera Die Ägyptische Helena. On Nov. 23, 1922, he sang the role of Siegmund in Die Walküre at his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y.; continued on its roster until 1927. He made guest appearances at Covent Garden in London (1932), at the Berlin State Opera, and at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. He was noted for his roles in Wagner’s operas.
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