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Theo Adam

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Voice: Bass-baritone
Nationality: German
Year of Birth: 1926
Year of Death: 2019

About Theo Adam:

Theo Adam (1 August 1926 – 10 January 2019) was a German operatic bass-baritone and bass singer who had international career in opera, concert and recital from 1949. He was a member of the Staatsoper Dresden for his entire career, and sang at the Bayreuth Festival from 1952 to 1980. He particularly excelled in portraying roles by Richard Wagner, especially Wotan in Der Ring des Nibelungen, which he also performed at the Metropolitan Opera, among others. In concert, he was a much admired Bach singer and also drew acclaim for his interpretation of the title character of Mendelssohn's Elijah. He was a voice teacher at the Musikhochschule Dresden.

Born in Dresden, Adam sang with the Dresdner Kreuzchor as a boy from 1936 to 1942. He served in the German Army in World War II. He studied singing privately with Rudolf Dietrich between 1946 and 1949. He made his professional debut at the Staatsoper Dresden as Czernikowski in Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov in 1949, followed by the Hermit in Weber's Der Freischütz. In 1952, he joined the roster of singers at the Berlin State Opera. He remained a member of the house throughout his career.

He appeared at the Bayreuth Festival first in 1952, as Ortel in Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. He returned annually to Bayreuth for many years, taking on the role of Heinrich der Vogler in Lohengrin in 1954, Titurel (and one of the Gralsritter) in Parsifal the same year, Fasolt in Das Rheingold in 1958, and Wotan in Der Ring des Nibelungen in 1963. He eventually added Amfortas in Parsifal, Hans Sachs and Veit Pogner in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and the title role in The Flying Dutchman to his Bayreuth performance credits.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Milch des Mondes fiel aufs Kraut Popularity:

Opera: Freischütz, DerComposer: WeberAct: 2.08

Type: trio,choir,finaleVoice: T B spLanguage: German

Roles: Max/Caspar/Samiel
2Schweig schweig damit dich niemand warnt Popularity:

Opera: Freischütz, DerComposer: WeberAct: 1.10

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Caspar
3Durch die Walder durch die Auen Popularity:

Opera: Freischütz, DerComposer: WeberAct: 1.06-2

Type: recitative,ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Max
4Tatest du's wirklich Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 2.14

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Marke
5Selig 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
6Den Tag seh ich erscheinen Popularity:

Opera: Meistersinger von Nürnberg, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Beckmesser
7Bin ich nun frei Popularity:

Opera: Rheingold, DasComposer: WagnerAct: 4

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Alberich
8Wie oft in Meeres tiefsten Schlund Popularity:

Opera: Fliegende Holländer, DerComposer: WagnerAct: 1.04-2

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Dutchman
9Der alte Sturm Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2.04

Type: recitativeVoice: B-Br MzLanguage: German

Roles: Wotan/Fricka
10Atmest du nicht mit mir die sussen Dufte Popularity:

Opera: LohengrinComposer: WagnerAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Lohengrin
11Jerum jerum Popularity:

Opera: Meistersinger von Nürnberg, DieComposer: WagnerAct:

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Sachs
12Erhebe dich Genossin meiner Schmach Popularity:

Opera: LohengrinComposer: WagnerAct: 2.01

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Friedrich
13Wie sie selig hehr und milde Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 3.13

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Tristan
14Verloren ach verloren ewig Popularity:

Opera: Fliegende Holländer, DerComposer: WagnerAct: 3.08

Type: recitativeVoice: B-Br T SLanguage: German

Roles: Dutchman/Erik/Senta
15Fanget an! so rief der Lenz in den Wald Popularity:

Opera: Meistersinger von Nürnberg, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Walther
16Kein Zweifel sieben Meilen fort Popularity:

Opera: Fliegende Holländer, DerComposer: WagnerAct: 1.02

Type: recitativeVoice: B TLanguage: German

Roles: Daland/Steersman
17Dank König dir dass du zu richten kamst Popularity:

Opera: LohengrinComposer: WagnerAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Friedrich
18Heil dir mein Gast Popularity:

Opera: ParsifalComposer: WagnerAct:

Type: Voice: bassLanguage: German

Roles:
19Wenn ich im Kampfe fur dich siege Popularity:

Opera: LohengrinComposer: WagnerAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Lohengrin
20Wie aus der Ferne längst vergangner Zeiten Popularity:

Opera: Fliegende Holländer, DerComposer: WagnerAct: 2.08

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Dutchman
21Abendlich strahlt der Sonne Auge Popularity:

Opera: Rheingold, DasComposer: WagnerAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Wotan
22Nun sei bedankt mein lieber Schwan Popularity:

Opera: LohengrinComposer: WagnerAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Lohengrin
23Ehrt eure deutschen Meister Popularity:

Opera: Meistersinger von Nürnberg, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Sachs
24Bleib Senta bleib Popularity:

Opera: Fliegende Holländer, DerComposer: WagnerAct: 2.05-1

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Erik/Senta
25Leb wohl du kühnes herrliches Kind Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 3.06

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Wotan
26Verachtet mir die Meister nicht Popularity:

Opera: Meistersinger von Nürnberg, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Sachs
27Ach wo weilt sie dir Gottes Engel Popularity:

Opera: Fliegende Holländer, DerComposer: WagnerAct: 2.04

Type: recitative,choirVoice: S T cALanguage: German

Roles: Senta/Erik/Mary
28Was duftet doch der Flieder Popularity:

Opera: Meistersinger von Nürnberg, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Sachs
29Das susse Lied verhallt Popularity:

Opera: LohengrinComposer: WagnerAct: 3

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: German

Roles: Elsa/Lohengrin
30Südwind Südwind! Popularity:

Opera: Fliegende Holländer, DerComposer: WagnerAct: 1.07

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

Roles: Steersman/Daland/Dutchman
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