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Karl-Christian Kohn (21 May 1928 in Losheim am See â€“ 20 January 2006) was a German opera singer (bass).
After his education at the Hochschule fÃ¼r Musik Saar from 1949 to 1952 Kohn made his debut at the Stadttheater SaarbrÃ¼cken (today SaarlÃ¤ndisches Staatstheater) in 1952 and afterwards had engagements at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein and in Berlin. In 1958 he became a member of the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich. He was considered a pillar of the ensemble and appeared in over 2,500 performances. He was honoured by the Bavarian State Opera with the title of KammersÃ¤nger.
After the end of his stage career in 1991, he was professor for singing at the Mozarteum in Salzburg until 1998.
He died at the age of 77 in Munich as a result of an injury.
He sang Figaro in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro more than 400 times all over Europe, including in 1958 for the festive reopening of the CuvilliÃ©s-Theater in Munich, was considered to be his signature role. As a guest he sang, at the Vienna State Opera, the Hamburg State Opera and the Deutsche Oper Berlin as well as with other opera companies. He also gave guest performances in other European countries, e.g. at the Paris Opera, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, where he received the Spanish Critics' Prize, in Brussels and Edinburgh.
He was successful in many great bass roles in Munich; among others he sang Sarastro in Mozart's The Magic Flute, Leporello and the Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Rocco in Beethoven's Fidelio, Philip II. in Verdi's Don Carlos, Hunding in Wagner's The Valkyrie, Escamillo in Bizet's Carmen, Ochs in Richard Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier and Count Waldner in Strauss' Arabella. In a 1958 recording he sang the Grand Inquisitor in Verdi's Don Carlos alongside Gottlob Frick.