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Josef Greindl

Singer details:

Voice: Bass
Nationality: German
Year of Birth: 1912
Year of Death: 1993

About Josef Greindl:

Josef Greindl (23 December 1912 - 16 April 1993) was a German operatic bass, remembered mainly for his performances of Wagnerian roles at Bayreuth beginning in 1943.

Josef Greindl was born in Munich and studied at the Munich Music Academy with Paul Bender. His opera debut was in 1936, as Hunding in Wagner's Die Walküre in the State Theatre in Krefeld. In 1944, Adolf Hitler included him in the Gottbegnadeten list ("God-gifted list" or "Important Artist Exempt List" of artists considered crucial to Nazi culture), which exempted him from the requirement to serve in the German military. He played the part of King Marke in the 1952 Furtwängler recording of Tristan und Isolde. This vintage recording often appears in critics list of the top 100 greatest recordings, since Kirsten Flagstad was also in the cast. He sang at the Metropolitan Opera in 1952-3. He sang in Wieland Wagner's last Ring.

In 1973, he became a professor at the Vienna Hochschule and later died in that city (in 1993). His daughter Gudrun Greindl Rosner is also a singer.

Greindl had a voice like a gravel quarry—massive, wide, deep, rough, and ancient-sounding, grey-timbred rather than black. From the mid-1940s through the late 1960s he was one of the three or four leading performers of Wagner's and Mozart's big bass roles, possessing the size and strength for the former and the dexterity, brains, and extreme range for the latter. He frequently appeared as Fafner, Hunding, and Hagen in the same performance of the Ring Cycle, which made him the only singer in the cast who had to perform all four nights. His earliest recorded singing was at Bayreuth, as Pogner the goldsmith, a character in his fifties or sixties, in 1943 when he (Greindl) was 31 years old. Although he was not as tall as some other big basses, his stage-presence was formidable.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
61Wohl wusst'ich hier sie im Gebet zu finden Popularity:

Opera: TannhäuserComposer: WagnerAct: 3.01

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Wolfram
62Mein Kind du siehst mich Popularity:

Opera: Fliegende Holländer, DerComposer: WagnerAct: 2.06-1

Type: recitativeVoice: B SLanguage: German

Roles: Daland/Senta
63Manco male e partita Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.09

Type: recitativeVoice: Br B S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni/Leporello/Zerlina/Masetto
64Nein lasst ihn unenthüllt Popularity:

Opera: ParsifalComposer: WagnerAct: 1.03

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Amfortas
65Ach Vater eilt Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.17

Type: recitativeVoice: S B T SLanguage: German

Roles: Marzelline/Rocco/Jaquino/Leonore
66Die Strahlen der Sonne vertreiben die Nacht Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.33-1

Type: recitative,choirVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Sarastro
67Das schone Fest Johannistag Popularity:

Opera: Meistersinger von Nürnberg, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Veit Pogner
68Eine schreckliche Nacht Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.04

Type: spokenVoice: T BrLanguage: German

Roles: Tamino/Papageno
69He holla Steuermann Popularity:

Opera: Fliegende Holländer, DerComposer: WagnerAct: 1.05

Type: recitativeVoice: B TLanguage: German

Roles: Daland/Steersman
70Südwind Südwind! Popularity:

Opera: Fliegende Holländer, DerComposer: WagnerAct: 1.07

Type: recitative,choirVoice: T B B-BrLanguage: German

Roles: Steersman/Daland/Dutchman
71Lasst mich euch fragen Popularity:

Opera: MarthaComposer: FlotowAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Plunkett
72Ein furchtbares Verbrechen ward begangen Popularity:

Opera: TannhäuserComposer: WagnerAct: 2

Type: recitativeVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Hermann
73Schlimm furcht ich Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2.07

Type: recitativeVoice: S B-BrLanguage: German

Roles: Brünnhilde/Wotan
74Il doge ed il senato salutano Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.14-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Desdemona/Lodovico/Otello
75La vedetta del porto Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.01

Type: recitativeVoice: B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: A herald/Otello
76Als du in kuhnem Sange Popularity:

Opera: TannhäuserComposer: WagnerAct: 1

Type: recitativeVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Wolfram
77Come la uccidero Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.12-2

Type: recitativeVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Iago/Cassio
78Was soll ich dazu sagen Popularity:

Opera: MarthaComposer: FlotowAct: 2

Type: quartetVoice: B T Mz SLanguage: German

Roles: Plunkett/Lyonel/Nancy/Harriet
79Er 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
80Den Tag seh ich erscheinen Popularity:

Opera: Meistersinger von Nürnberg, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Beckmesser
81Euch werde Lohn in bessern Welten Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 2.05

Type: trioVoice: B T SLanguage: German

Roles: Rocco/Florestan/Leonore
82Roderigo ebben che pensi Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03-1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Iago
83Nun hört und versteht mich recht Popularity:

Opera: Meistersinger von Nürnberg, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 1.02

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Veit Pogner
84Morden soll ich? Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.12

Type: spokenVoice: S T BLanguage: German

Roles: Pamina/Monostatos/Sarastro
85Dank König dir dass du zu richten kamst Popularity:

Opera: LohengrinComposer: WagnerAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Friedrich
86Mud am Herd Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 1.03

Type: recitativeVoice: S BLanguage: German

Roles: Sieglinde/Hunding
87Mutter Mutter! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.14

Type: recitativeVoice: S BrLanguage: German

Roles: Pamina/Papageno
88Tamino Tamino! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.22

Type: spokenVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Papageno
89Vanne la tua meta gia vedo Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 2.02

Type: recitativeVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Iago
90Verloren ach verloren ewig Popularity:

Opera: Fliegende Holländer, DerComposer: WagnerAct: 3.08

Type: recitativeVoice: B-Br T SLanguage: German

Roles: Dutchman/Erik/Senta
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