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Probably one of the most versatile performers from the 20th century’s second fifty percent, baritone (or bass baritone) Tom Krause excelled in music from Bach to Britten, Mozart to Searle. Though not really exceptionally huge or sensuous, Krause’s cleanly created instrument never released unpleasant sounds, as well as the singer’s processed artistic intuition conspired to maintain his just work at a higher level. Actually in situations phoning for a larger weight of tone of voice than he actually commanded, his obvious diction and canny level of sensitivity to the proper accents allowed him to provide the impression of expert. Krause designed to pursue a profession in medication in his indigenous city, but discovered that a flavor for light music and later on, a pastime in singing, had been shifting him toward a musical profession. He came into the Vienna Music Academy in 1956, and upon conclusion of his research there, produced his debut in 1959 at Berlin’s Städtische Oper. The part was Escamillo, an impersonation he was to record on two following occasions. Early worldwide exposure arrived through the Kurwenal he documented with Solti and Birgit Nilsson. Several engagements adopted at opera homes and concert phases throughout Middle European countries, and in 1962, Krause joined up with the business at Hamburg where he endeared himself to the general public in Wagner, Verdi, and (specifically) Mozart tasks. After just five years, he was produced a Kammersänger. For his home entertainment, he participated within the premieres of Ernst Krenek’s Der Goldene Bock in 1964 and Humphrey Searle’s Hamlet in 1968. In the mean time, Krause had produced his Bayreuth debut because the Herald in Lohengrin (1962) and the next year appeared in the Glyndebourne Celebration for the very first time as the Count number in Strauss’ Capriccio. In america, Krause took component within the American premiere of Britten’s Battle Requiem and produced his Metropolitan Opera debut as Mozart’s Almaviva on Oct 11, 1967. In six periods, Krause was noticed in 43 shows, including three additional tasks: Malatesta, Guglielmo, and Escamillo. The later on was captured on disk as well as Marilyn Horne’s Carmen and Wayne McCracken’s substantial Don José, all under Leonard Bernstein’s revisionist attention. Chicago noticed Krause as Guglielmo on-stage in the Lyric Opera so when a shifting Christus within the Chicago Symphony Orchestra shows of Bach’s St. Matthew Enthusiasm under Solti. Krause later on participated in Solti’s documenting of the task. Krause’s Salzburg debut arrived in 1968 when he sang the name part in Don Giovanni, starting a productive romantic relationship with the event. Thirty years after his 1st appearance, he sang in Salzburg’s broadly praised creation of Messiaen’s Saint François d’Assise. Paris noticed Krause for the very first time in 1973; La Scala welcomed him 2 yrs later. While noticed to best benefit on-stage in Mozart, Krause produced effective research of such additional tasks as Pizzaro, Golaud, Amfortas, and portrayed a light-voiced but vibrant Amonasro. During his extended career, Krause produced many studio room recordings with first-class collaborators. His Pizzaro with Nilsson, McCracken, along with a hard-driving Lorin Maazel is definitely intimidatingly unpleasant. His several Bach recordings reveal a mellifluous tone of voice and sympathetic interpretation became a member of with stylistic keenness. Both of his documented Escamillos, otherwise the final word in bravura, display both dramatic flair and the capability to truly voice the countless low-lying phrases. Finally, Krause’s many recordings of German lieder and Scandinavian and Russian tunes are the function of the insightful, engaging designer.

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Full Name Tom Krause
Died December 6, 2013, Hamburg, Germany
Music Songs Votre toast..... Toreador, Lastu lainehilla, Arioso, op. 3, Komm, süßes Kreuz, Souda, souda, sinisorsa, La Ci Darem La Mano, Sången om korsspindeln Op.27 No.4, Den första kyssen Op.37 No.1, Drömmen, Op.13 No.5, Höstkväll, Op.38 No.1, Gloria in excelsis Deo, Quoniam tu solus Sanctus, Serenad, Elektra: "Was willst du, fremder Mensch?", Dichterliebe Op.48 : 7. Ich grolle nicht, Dichterliebe Op.48 : 14. Allnächtlich im Traume seh ich dich, Dichterliebe Op.48 : 15. Aus alten Märchen, Così fan tutte: Fortunato l'uom che prende, Matthäus-Passion: Am abend, da es kühle war, Beethoven: Fidelio / Act 1 - "Jetzt, Alter, jetzt hat es Eile!", Beethoven: Fidelio / Act 1 - Ha! Ha! Ha! Welch ein Augenblick!...Hauptmann!, Haydn: Mass in B flat major 'Theresienmesse', Hob.XXII:12 - Ed. Thomas - 5. Benedictus, J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part One - For the first Day of Christmas - No.8 Aria : "Großer Herr, o starker König", Don Giovanni, K. 527: Act I. "Là ci darem la mano", 6 laulua, op. 36 no. 5: Marssnön, Otello: Act IV "Niun mi tema s'anco armato mi vede", Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro / Act 4, K. 492 - "Gente, gente, all'armi", Mozart: Così fan tutte / Act 2 - "Il cor vi dono", Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro / Act 3, K. 492 - "Crudel! perché finora...E perché fosti meco", O kühler Wald Op.72 No.3, Mozart: Così fan tutte / Act 1 - "Sento, oh Dio, che questo piede" - "Non piangere, idol mio!", 6 laulua, op. 88 no. 1: Blåsippan
Albums Bizet: Carmen, Elektra, Carmen, Fidelio, Carmen (L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande feat. conductor Thomas Schippers), Beethoven: Mass in C; Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt, Messiah, Die Schöpfung (Wiener Philharmoniker, feat. conductor: Karl Münchinger), Haydn: Missa in angustiis, Hob.XXII:11 "Nelson Mass", Matthäus-Passion: Arias and Chorusses, Mozart Opera Festival, Alceste, J.S. Bach: Osteroratorium, Magnificat (Eloquence), J.S. Bach - Messe in h-moll BWV 232, Magnificat in D major / Cantata no. 10, Tom Krause: The Heroic Baritone, Complete Songs, Sibelius: Songs, Verdi: Otello Conducted by Herbert von Karajan, Schubert : Winterreise, Strauss, J.: Die Fledermaus, Bach: Sacred Masterworks, Jean Sibelius Songs, Wolf: Italienisches Liederbuch, Sibelius: 25 Songs; Richard Strauss: 8 Lieder
Movies A Winter's Journey

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1 He knew over fifty roles, including works in Italian, German, French, English, Finnish, Czech, Russian, and Swedish. He was also a noted lieder singer, and a prominent teacher.
2 He originally studied medicine, while singing and playing guitar in a jazz band on the side. His vocal talent soon took him to the Vienna Music Academy. He made his operatic debut in Berlin in 1959.
3 Opera singer (baritone).



La Bohème 1980 TV Movie Marcello
The Unanswered Question: Six Talks at Harvard 1976 TV Mini-Series Creon
Faust 1975 TV Movie Valentin
Der Freischütz 1968 Ottokar
Die Hochzeit des Figaro 1967 Graf Almaviva



Carmen 1983/I performer: "Carmen"
The Unanswered Question: Six Talks at Harvard 1976 TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode



Talvinen matka 2007 Documentary Himself
Letter to Peter, on Saint François d'Assise by Olivier Messiaen 1992 TV Movie documentary Baritone
Oedipus Rex 1972 TV Special Creon

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