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René Kollo

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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.

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Full Name René Kollo
Profession Singer
Nationality German
Spouse Beatrice Bouquet, Dorthe Kollo
Children Oliver Walter, Nathalie Kollo, Magali Kollo, Florence Kollo
Parents Willi Kollo
Siblings Marguerite 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
Movies Meeting Venus


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#Fact
1 Son of Willi Kollo.
2 Father of Nathalie Kollo from his marriage with Danish singer Dorthe Kollo. He has three children with his present wife Beatrice: Florence, Magali and Oliver Walter.
3 Although being the son and grandson of two famous composers of classical music, he sang popular music in the beginning. His biggest hit has been the German version of Ricky Nelson's "Helly, Mary Lou".
4 Grandson of Walter Kollo.
5 After making his operatic debut in 1965, he soon became the most popular tenor singing the Wagnerian roles at the famous Bayreuth Festival and at all major opera houses around the world.
6 German tenor specialized in Wagner roles. Despite his vocation of "heldentenor", his voice was quite delicate, and perhaps more fit for lyric and romantic roles.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Elektra 2010/I TV Movie Aegisth
Tannhäuser 1994 TV Movie Tannhäuser
Wie einst im Mai 1994 TV Movie Fritz Jüterbog / Fred von Holm
Doitsu Berulin Opera 'Torisutan to Izorude' 1993 TV Movie Tristan
Meeting Venus 1991 Tannhäuser (Tannhäuser highlights performed by) (voice)
Tristan und Isolde 1983 TV Movie Tristan
Dalli Dalli 1983 TV Series Singer
Pique Dame 1981 TV Movie Hermann
La femme sans ombre 1980 TV Movie L'empereur
Ariadne auf Naxos 1978 Tenor - Baccus
Fidelio 1978 TV Movie Florestan
Arabella 1977 Matteo
The Unanswered Question: Six Talks at Harvard 1976 TV Mini-Series Oedipus
Prodaná nevesta 1976 Hans
Ein Walzer zu zweien 1975 TV Movie Singer
Die schöne Helena 1975 TV Movie Paris
Das Land des Lächelns 1974 Prinz Sou-Chong
Gräfin Mariza 1974 TV Movie Graf Tasso
Wiener Blut 1972 TV Movie Graf Zedlau
Die Csárdásfürstin 1971 Edwin Ronald
Von uns - für Sie! 1966 TV Movie
100 Jahre Kurfürstendamm 1966 TV Movie Buffalo Bill
So liebt und küsst man in Tirol 1961 Barkeeper René (uncredited)
Solang' noch untern Linden 1958

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Meeting Venus 1991 performer: "Tannhäuser" extraits
Slaves of New York 1989 performer: "Glück, das mir verblieb"
Aria 1987 performer: "The Lute Song Glück, das mir verblieb"
Fidelio 1978 TV Movie performer: "Fidelio"
The Unanswered Question: Six Talks at Harvard 1976 TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ouvertüre 1912 - Die Deutsche Oper Berlin 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself
Die 30 tollsten Tänze 2012 Documentary Himself
Thadeusz 2010 TV Series Himself
Kölner Treff 2010 TV Series Himself
DAS! 2008-2009 TV Series Himself
Nachtcafé 2009 TV Series Himself
Wagners Meistersänger, Hitlers Siegfried 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
Volle Kanne 2008 TV Series Himself
Zibb 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
Willkommen bei Carmen Nebel 2007 TV Series Himself
NDR Talk Show 2007 TV Series Himself
Mein allerschönstes Weihnachtslied 2006 TV Movie Himself
Feste der Volksmusik 2004 TV Series Himself
Die WIB-Schaukel 2003 TV Series documentary
Die Johannes B. Kerner Show 2002 TV Series Himself
Die goldene Kamera 2000 2000 TV Movie Himself
Wetten, dass..? 1998 TV Series Himself
Flitterabend 1990 TV Series Himself
Kinder - wie die Zeit vergeht: 40 Jahre RIAS 1986 TV Movie Himself
Die Super-Hitparade der Volksmusik 1983 TV Series Singer
Bert Kaempfert: Melodien, die man nie vergisst 1983 TV Movie documentary Himself
Bernstein/Beethoven 1982 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself (tenor)
Zum blauen Bock 1971-1981 TV Series Himself - Musician / Himself
WWF Club 1980 TV Series Himself (1983)
Musik ist Trumpf 1978 TV Series Singer
IX. Symphonie von Ludwig van Beethoven 1977 TV Special Tenor
Auf los geht's los 1977 TV Series Singer
New York, New York 1976 TV Series Himself
Anneliese Rothenberger gibt sich die Ehre 1974 TV Series Himself - Singer
Gustav Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde 1972 TV Movie Himself, Tenor
Dalli Dalli 1972 TV Series Himself - Candidate
Oedipus Rex 1972 TV Special Oedipus
Drei mal neun 1972 TV Series Singer, Himself
Das Lied von der Erde: A Personal Introduction 1972 TV Movie documentary Himself (tenor)
ZDF Werkstatt 1971 TV Series documentary Himself
Die Drehscheibe 1967-1971 TV Series Singer / Himself - Musician
Unsere kleine Show - Musik zur blauen Stunde 1971 TV Series Himself - Singer
Erkennen Sie die Melodie? 1971 TV Series
Gustav Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde 1971 TV Movie documentary Himself (tenor)
Vergißmeinnicht 1969 TV Series documentary Himself - Musician
Mein Leben - meine Lieder: Robert Stolz 1967 TV Movie Himself - Musician
Von uns für Sie 1966 TV Series Himself - Musician
Kintoppmelodie 1966 TV Movie Himself - Singer
Musik und Information 1966 TV Series Himself - Musician
Schlager von gestern... mit Interpreten von heute 1966 TV Movie Himself - Musician
ARD-Fernsehlotterie - Ein Platz an der Sonne 1966 TV Series Himself - Singer
Zwischenmahlzeit 1966 TV Series
Wahlparty 65 1965 TV Movie Himself - Musician
Musik aus Studio B 1962-1965 TV Series Himself / Himself - Singer / Singer
Ein Lied für Neapel 1965 TV Movie Himself
Wer zuletzt lacht, lacht am Ersten 1964 TV Movie
Musikauktion 1964 TV Series Singer
Ein Lied für Kopenhagen 1964 TV Movie Himself
Deutsche Schlagerfestival 1963 1963 TV Movie Singer

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hitlisten des Nordens 2004 TV Series
Auf los geht's los 1978 TV Series Himself
Opernführer 1970 TV Series Zedlau (Wiener Blut)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2000 Honorary Award 'Berlin' Golden Camera, Germany


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