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Benno Kusche

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Voice: Baritone
Nationality: German
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About Benno Kusche:

Benno Paul Kusche (30 January 1916 – 14 May 2010) was a German operatic baritone, who was praised as one of the best Mozart and Wagner singers, especially in character roles and opera buffa.

Born in Freiburg im Breisgau, Kusche was the son of the painter Paul Kusche. From 1935 to 1937 he attended the theatre academy of the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe. There he discovered his talent as a singer. He made his debut at the Heidelberg Opera Festival in 1938. Kusche received his first engagement in 1938 at the Theater Koblenz. He joined the Theater Augsburg in 1939. Here he was active until his conscription for military service in 1941 and, after being wounded and discharged, returned to the Augsburg company from 1943 until the theatre was bombed in 1944.

Soon after the collapse of the Nazi dictatorship he played in operettas in the Kurhaus Göggingen , then at Augsburg. From 1946 Kusche belonged to the Bavarian State Opera as a bass baritone known beyond Germany and was a member of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein from 1958.

In the summer of 1951 he sang Beckmesser in Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg staged by Heinz Tietjen at the Royal Opera House in London under the musical direction of Sir Thomas Beecham. The singer gave guest performances in the role in Vienna, Berlin and Stuttgart, at La Scala in Milan, in London, Florence, Zurich, Buenos Aires, Bregenz and Brussels, among others. In the 1971/72 season, he sang it at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Verachtet mir die Meister nicht Popularity:

Opera: Meistersinger von Nürnberg, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Sachs
2Ja das Studium der Weiber ist schwer Popularity:

Opera: Lustige Witwe, DieComposer: LéharAct: 1.06

Type: quartet,choirVoice: Br T/Br T BrLanguage: German

Roles: Mirko/Danilo/Raoul de St Brioche/Vicomte Cascada
3Di rigori armato il seno Popularity:

Opera: Rosenkavalier, DerComposer: StraussAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Italian singer
4Wie eine Rosenknospe Popularity:

Opera: Lustige Witwe, DieComposer: LéharAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Camille
5Nimm Zigeuner deine Geige Popularity:

Opera: CsardasfürstinComposer: KalmanAct: 2.08-1

Type: trioVoice: S T BLanguage: German

Roles: Sylva/Count/Feri
6Von des Tajos Strand Popularity:

Opera: Zigeunerbaron, DerComposer: Strauss jrAct: 3.02

Type: Voice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Zsupán
7Trinke Liebchen trinke schnell Popularity:

Opera: Fledermaus, DieComposer: Strauss jrAct: 1.17

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Alfred
8Den Tag seh ich erscheinen Popularity:

Opera: Meistersinger von Nürnberg, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Beckmesser
9Mein Sehnen mein Wahnen Popularity:

Opera: Tote Stadt, DieComposer: KorngoldAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Fritz
10Selig wie die Sonne Popularity:

Opera: Meistersinger von Nürnberg, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 3

Type: quintetVoice: S B-Br T T MzLanguage: German

Roles: Eva/Sachs/Walther/David/Magdalena
11Was duftet doch der Flieder Popularity:

Opera: Meistersinger von Nürnberg, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Sachs
12Ja das Schreiben und das Lesen Popularity:

Opera: Zigeunerbaron, DerComposer: Strauss jrAct: 1.05-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Zsupán
13Jerum jerum Popularity:

Opera: Meistersinger von Nürnberg, DieComposer: WagnerAct:

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Sachs
14Fanget an! so rief der Lenz in den Wald Popularity:

Opera: Meistersinger von Nürnberg, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Walther
15Ich Edwin Ronald Popularity:

Opera: CsardasfürstinComposer: KalmanAct: 1.10

Type: trio,choir,finaleVoice: S T/Br BLanguage: German

Roles: Sylva/Edwin/Feri
16Das schone Fest Johannistag Popularity:

Opera: Meistersinger von Nürnberg, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Veit Pogner
17Es waren zwei Königskinder Popularity:

Opera: Lustige Witwe, DieComposer: LéharAct: 1.05

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: German

Roles: Hanna/Camille
18Mein Sohn sei Allah's Frieden hier Popularity:

Opera: Barbier von Bagdad, DerComposer: CorneliusAct: 1

Type: duetVoice: T BrLanguage: German

Roles: Nureddin/Abdul
19Da lieg ich Popularity:

Opera: Rosenkavalier, DerComposer: StraussAct: 2

Type: Voice: B cALanguage: German

Roles:
20Braunes Mädel von der Puszta Popularity:

Opera: Gräfin MarizaComposer: KalmanAct: 2.04

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br TLanguage: German

Roles: Mariza/Populescu/Kolomán
21Bin ich nun frei Popularity:

Opera: Rheingold, DasComposer: WagnerAct: 4

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Alberich
22Alle sind wir Sünder Popularity:

Opera: CsardasfürstinComposer: KalmanAct: 1.03

Type: duetVoice: T BLanguage: German

Roles: Count/Feri
23Jay Maman Bruderherz Popularity:

Opera: CsardasfürstinComposer: KalmanAct: 2.08-2

Type: trioVoice: S T BLanguage: German

Roles: Sylva/Count/Feri
24So rief der Lenz in den Wald Popularity:

Opera: Meistersinger von Nürnberg, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 1.02

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Walther
25Leporello ove sei? Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.03

Type: recitativeVoice: Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni/Leporello
26Ah! pieta Signori miei Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.10-2

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello
27Eh! via buffone Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.01-1

Type: duetVoice: B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello/Giovanni
28O statua gentilissima Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.15

Type: duetVoice: B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello/Giovanni
29Manco male e partita Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.09

Type: recitativeVoice: Br B S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni/Leporello/Zerlina/Masetto
30Sola sola in buio loco Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.08

Type: sextetVoice: B S S T S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello/Elvira/Anna/Ottavio/Zerlina/Masetto
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