Because the grandson of operetta composer Walter Kollo (1878 – 1940) as well as the son of Willi Kollo, likewise a author of light music, René Kollo began his career like a pop singer and operetta tenor. He produced the changeover to concert and opera in 1965, at Brunswick, performing the title part in Stravinsky’s Oedipus rex. In 1969, he fascinated international interest at Bayreuth because the Steersman in Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer, and in 1970 debuted at La Scala as Matteo in Richard Strauss’ Arabella. But not however a “dramatic tenor” (rather than a genuine Heldentenor despite his repertoire down the road), the perish had been solid. Kollo sang Lohengrin in 1971 — also his American debut part in the Met in 1976 — after that Walther in Die Meistersinger in 1973, Parsifal in Wolfgang Wagner’s fresh Bayreuth creation in 1975, along with a yr later on Siegfried in Patrice Chéreau’s centennial staging of Der Band at Bayreuth, carried out by Pierre Boulez. For his London debut, he turned from Siegfried to Siegmund in Die Walküre, later on adding Tristan to his Wagner repertoire in Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s scandalous Bayreuth creation of 1981. At Geneva he performed Tannhäconsumer for the very first time in 1986, and also sang inside a total creation of Wagner’s Rienzi, a five-act marathon that daunted larger voices than Kollo’s. In no way, nevertheless, was Wagner his just operatic niche: He sang Paul in Korngold’s Die tote Stadt for the Munich Radio in 1974, after that Florestan in Bernstein’s 1978 Fidelio in the Vienna Staatsoper for Unitel, which also maintained his Matteo in Arabella under Solti, and Bacchus in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos under Böhm. Kollo’s repertory embraced Gherman in Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame, Canio in Pagliacci, Dmitri in Boris Godunov, the name part in Pfitzner’s Palestrina, with age group 51 Otello in Frankfurt for the very first time. At Munich in 1991 he obtained an individual triumph in Britten’s Peter Grimes. Like a concert vocalist, Kollo documented Mahler’s 8th Symphony in Vienna with Solti as well as the Chicago Symphony (on tour); also Das Lied von der Erde with Bernstein in Israel. He was the tenor soloist in Bernstein’s Vienna recordings from the Beethoven Ninth and Missa solemnis along with the Ninth in Berlin for Unitel with Karajan performing. He became a normal in Karajan’s “repertory organization” from the 1970s and early ’80s. Adding to Kollo’s achievement had been his physical trimness and visual appearance, actually in middle age group, and his unusual presents as an professional, even following the tone of voice had created a widening vibrato and tonal rawness within the higher register. Though it had been already apparent before age group 35, Kollo could minimize Wagnerian wear-and-tear by lightening his tone of voice in regular operetta performances (because the Chinese language prince in Das Property des Lächelns, Wiener Blut, Gräfin Mariza, Csárdásfürstin, La belle Hélène, and undoubtedly Die Fledermaus); a number of these are conserved on video. In the ultimate period, before retiring through the stage in June 2000, he was an associate from the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, although he started staging operas at Darmstadt in 1986 (Parsifal), and Ulm in 1991 (d’Albert’s Tiefland). For just one unsuccessful period (1996 – 1997) he was movie director of Berlin’s Metropol Movie theater, which specialised in operettas but experienced deteriorated between 1961 as well as the reunification of East and Western. Today he phone calls the isle of Majorca house, but statements it bores him aside from sunlight. Like Giuseppe di Stefano previously, he is constantly on the sing light music within the existing restrictions of the tone of voice place to hard make use of for 30 years within the Heldentenor wars.
Full Name René Kollo
Spouse Beatrice Bouquet, Dorthe Kollo
Children Oliver Walter, Nathalie Kollo, Magali Kollo, Florence Kollo
Music Songs Hello Mary-Lou, Am Ende wird es Liebe sein, In fernem Land, Wie könnt' ich von dir gehen, Meine grosse Liebe wohnt in einer kleinen Stadt, Dich gibt's nur einmal, Heut ist der schönste Tag in meinem Leben, Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde, O Mia Bella Napoli, Schöne Rose vom Rio Grande, Dein ist mein ganzes Herz, Musik war meine erste Liebe, Sweet Rosmary, Freunde, das Leben ist lebenswert, Zweites Dreigroschen-Finale, Abendlied: Rosemarie, Kalenderlied, Tannhäuser, Weihnacht' muß leise sein, Chianti-Lied, Mexicana-Melodie, Vom Himmel hoch, Mandoline und roter Wein, Das ist der Tag des Herrn, 3. Dreigroschenfinale, Von der Jugend, 'Morgenlich leuchtend in rosigem Schein', Auch ich war einst ein feiner Csárdáskavalier, Heimat, Land der Lieder, Es dunkelt schon in der Heide, Heimatland, Heimatland, dein gedenk' ich immerdar, Zuhälterballade
Albums Wagner: Tannhäuser, Die Fledermaus, Das Lied von der Erde (Berliner Philharmoniker feat. conductor: Herbert von Karajan, contralto: Christa Ludwig, tenor: Rene Kollo), Die Dreigroschenoper, Rienzi, Frohe Weihnacht, Wie einst im Mai [Musikalische Gesamtaufnahme], Wie könnt' ich von dir gehen, Favourite Melodies (Disc 1), Die lustige Witwe / Suppé: Ouvertüren (Berliner Philharmoniker feat. conductor: Herbert von Karajan), Weber: Der Freischütz, Zauber einer schönen Stimme, Fernsehwunschkonzert mit, Schlagererfolge, Schubert, F.: Winterreise, Favourite Melodies (Disc 2), Richard Wagner: Opera Arias (Kollo), René Kollo singt Wagner & Strauss, Portrait René Kollo, Favourite Melodies (Disc 4), Weihnachtsträume, Strauss: Arabella, Favourite Melodies (Disc 3), Parsifal, Die Walkure - Act 1, Symphonie Nr. 9, Wie alles begann, Die Werke für Chor und Orchester, Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde, Auf den Spuren meiner Väter · René Kollo singt Kollo, Weber: Der Freischütz - Highlights (Eloquence), Wagner - Der Ring des Nibelungen (Ring Cycle) / Sawallisch, Bayerischer Staatsoper, Die großen Erfolge