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Ferdinand Frantz

Singer details:

Voice: Bass
Nationality: German
Year of Birth: 1906
Year of Death: 1959

About Ferdinand Frantz:

Ferdinand Frantz (February 8, 1906, Kassel – May 26, 1959, Munich), was a German operatic bass-baritone. He was well known in his time for his performances in the operas of Richard Wagner.

Fond of music as a boy, he joined a choral society in Kassel and at 16 was chosen to take a small solo part. Four years of vocal training ensued. Frantz's first role was in the Kassel Staatstheater in 1927, playing Hermann Ortel in a production of Wagner's Die Meistersinger. He sang at the Halle Opera House from 1930–32, then in Chemnitz from 1932–1937, and then in Hamburg with the Hamburg State Opera from 1937–43. In 1943, he began singing with the Munich State Opera, where he would sing until the year of his death.

Frantz guested at the Vienna Staatsoper, Semper Oper in Dresden, at La Scala, and Covent Garden. He debuted at the Metropolitan Opera in 1949, portraying Wotan in Wagner's Die Walküre. This role caused some consternation among operagoers: Helen Traubel was to appear as Brünnhilde opposite Frantz's Wotan, and when Traubel could not perform, Frantz's wife, soprano Helena Braun, stepped into the role. This novelty of a married couple portraying a father and daughter was covered on the front page of New York newspapers.

He began as a low bass and moved up to bass-baritone. He was best known as Wotan/Wanderer and Hans Sachs. Recordings are available with him in these roles from the late 1940s to the mid-1950s, including two complete Meistersingers as Sachs, one of them (from 1956) magisterially sung by Frantz and conducted by Rudolf Kempe. "Opera" called his Sachs "one of the most impressive of our day". He also left records as Amfortas, Gurnemanz, Friedrich von Telramund, Iago (in German translation), Don Pizarro and Jokanaan, and as bass soloist in Beethoven's 9th Symphony. An anthology of operatic arias and monologues is also available.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Leb wohl du kühnes herrliches Kind Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 3.06

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Wotan
2Die Frist ist um Popularity:

Opera: Fliegende Holländer, DerComposer: WagnerAct: 1.04-1

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Dutchman
3Ha! welch ein Augenblick Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.11

Type: aria,choirVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Pizarro
4Abendlich strahlt der Sonne Auge Popularity:

Opera: Rheingold, DasComposer: WagnerAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Wotan
5Was duftet doch der Flieder Popularity:

Opera: Meistersinger von Nürnberg, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Sachs
6Selig 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
7Schweig schweig damit dich niemand warnt Popularity:

Opera: Freischütz, DerComposer: WeberAct: 1.10

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Caspar
8Verachtet mir die Meister nicht Popularity:

Opera: Meistersinger von Nürnberg, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Sachs
9Wahn wahn! überall wahn Popularity:

Opera: Meistersinger von Nürnberg, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 3.01

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Sachs
10Hat man nicht auch Gold beineben Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.07

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Rocco
11Heil sei dem Tag heil sei der Stunde Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 2.11

Type: aria,choirVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Fernando
12Tatest du's wirklich Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 2.14

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Marke
13Erhebe dich Genossin meiner Schmach Popularity:

Opera: LohengrinComposer: WagnerAct: 2.01

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Friedrich
14Der alte Sturm Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2.04

Type: recitativeVoice: B-Br MzLanguage: German

Roles: Wotan/Fricka
15Was willst du fremder Mensch? Popularity:

Opera: ElektraComposer: StraussAct:

Type: Voice: S BrLanguage: German

Roles:
16Jerum jerum Popularity:

Opera: Meistersinger von Nürnberg, DieComposer: WagnerAct:

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Sachs
17Bin ich nun frei Popularity:

Opera: Rheingold, DasComposer: WagnerAct: 4

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Alberich
18Ach Vater eilt Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.17

Type: recitativeVoice: S B T SLanguage: German

Roles: Marzelline/Rocco/Jaquino/Leonore
19Das schone Fest Johannistag Popularity:

Opera: Meistersinger von Nürnberg, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Veit Pogner
20Jetzt Alter hat es Eile Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.12

Type: recitativeVoice: B-Br BLanguage: German

Roles: Pizarro/Rocco
21Schlimm furcht ich Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2.07

Type: recitativeVoice: S B-BrLanguage: German

Roles: Brünnhilde/Wotan
22Er sterbe doch er soll erst wissen Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 2.06

Type: recitative,quartetVoice: B-Br T S BLanguage: German

Roles: Pizarro/Florestan/Leonore/Rocco
23Den Tag seh ich erscheinen Popularity:

Opera: Meistersinger von Nürnberg, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Beckmesser
24Euch werde Lohn in bessern Welten Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 2.05

Type: trioVoice: B T SLanguage: German

Roles: Rocco/Florestan/Leonore
25Mud am Herd Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 1.03

Type: recitativeVoice: S BLanguage: German

Roles: Sieglinde/Hunding
26Ein andres ist's Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2.09

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Wotan
27Nichts lerntest du Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2.06

Type: recitativeVoice: B-Br MzLanguage: German

Roles: Wotan/Fricka
28O sag kunde Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2.10

Type: recitativeVoice: S B-BrLanguage: German

Roles: Brünnhilde/Wotan
29Nun sprecht wie ging es Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.16-1

Type: duetVoice: S BLanguage: German

Roles: Leonore/Rocco
30O welche Lust im freier Luft Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.15

Type: recitative,choirVoice: T BLanguage: German

Roles: Two prisoners
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