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Theo Adam

Singer details:

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
1Nein! keine Schuh Popularity:

Opera: WozzeckComposer: BergAct: 3.03-3

Type: duetVoice: Br cALanguage: German

Roles: Wozzeck/Margret
2Wer hungrig bei der Tafel sitzt Popularity:

Opera: Zaide (Das Serail)Composer: MozartAct: 2.03

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Osmin
3Verloren ach verloren ewig Popularity:

Opera: Fliegende Holländer, DerComposer: WagnerAct: 3.08

Type: recitativeVoice: B-Br T SLanguage: German

Roles: Dutchman/Erik/Senta
4Wie der Mond rot aufgeht! Popularity:

Opera: WozzeckComposer: BergAct: 3.02-2

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: German

Roles: Wozzeck/Marie
5Zum Ziele führt dich diese Bahn Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.16

Type: quartetVoice: T tr cA MzLanguage: German

Roles: Tamino/Three boys
6Das susse Lied verhallt Popularity:

Opera: LohengrinComposer: WagnerAct: 3

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: German

Roles: Elsa/Lohengrin
7Wer in Lieb entbrannt Popularity:

Opera: Verkaufte Braut, DieComposer: SmetanaAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Kecal
8Doch Halt, Wo Bleiben Die Kinder? Popularity:

Opera: Hänsel und GretelComposer: HumperdinckAct: 1.06-2

Type: duetVoice: Br MzLanguage: German

Roles: Peter/Gertrud
9Bin ich nun frei Popularity:

Opera: Rheingold, DasComposer: WagnerAct: 4

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Alberich
10Kein Zweifel sieben Meilen fort Popularity:

Opera: Fliegende Holländer, DerComposer: WagnerAct: 1.02

Type: recitativeVoice: B TLanguage: German

Roles: Daland/Steersman
11Dank König dir dass du zu richten kamst Popularity:

Opera: LohengrinComposer: WagnerAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Friedrich
12Ha! welch ein Augenblick Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.11

Type: aria,choirVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Pizarro
13Heil dir mein Gast Popularity:

Opera: ParsifalComposer: WagnerAct:

Type: Voice: bassLanguage: German

Roles:
14Wenn ich im Kampfe fur dich siege Popularity:

Opera: LohengrinComposer: WagnerAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Lohengrin
15He holla Steuermann Popularity:

Opera: Fliegende Holländer, DerComposer: WagnerAct: 1.05

Type: recitativeVoice: B TLanguage: German

Roles: Daland/Steersman
16Amfortas die Wunde Popularity:

Opera: ParsifalComposer: WagnerAct: 2.02

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Parsifal
17Ehrt eure deutschen Meister Popularity:

Opera: Meistersinger von Nürnberg, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Sachs
18Die Frist ist um Popularity:

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

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Dutchman
19O sink hernieder (Love Duet) Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 2.05

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Tristan/Isolde
20He Wozzeck! Popularity:

Opera: WozzeckComposer: BergAct: 2.02-2

Type: trioVoice: Br B TLanguage: German

Roles: Wozzeck/Doctor/Captain
21Er 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
22Ihr in dem Weisheitstempel eingeweihten Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.02

Type: spokenVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Sarastro
23Wozzeck, Er sieht immer so verhetzt aus! Popularity:

Opera: WozzeckComposer: BergAct: 1.01-1-2

Type: duetVoice: Br TLanguage: German

Roles: Wozzeck/Captain
24Tamino Tamino! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.22

Type: spokenVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Papageno
25Das schone Fest Johannistag Popularity:

Opera: Meistersinger von Nürnberg, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Veit Pogner
26Nun stolzer Jungling nur hierher Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.21

Type: quartetVoice: T S T BLanguage: German

Roles: Monostatos/Pamina/Tamino/Sarastro
27Langsam, Wozzeck, langsam! Popularity:

Opera: WozzeckComposer: BergAct: 1.01-1-1

Type: duetVoice: Br TLanguage: German

Roles: Wozzeck/Captain
28Da bin ich schon mein Engel Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.24

Type: spokenVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Papageno
29Heil sei dem Tag heil sei der Stunde Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 2.11

Type: aria,choirVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Fernando
30In diesen heil'gen Hallen Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.13

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Sarastro
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