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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
1Nun stolzer Jungling nur hierher Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.21

Type: quartetVoice: T S T BLanguage: German

Roles: Monostatos/Pamina/Tamino/Sarastro
2Hm! hm! hm! hm! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.11

Type: quintetVoice: Br T S S MzLanguage: German

Roles: Papageno/Tamino/Three ladies
3Zu hilfe zu hilfe! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.02

Type: quartetVoice: T S S MzLanguage: German

Roles: Tamino/Three ladies
4Nur stille! stille! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.32

Type: quintetVoice: T S S S MzLanguage: German

Roles: Monostatos/Queen/Three ladies
5Du feines Taubchen nur herein Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.13

Type: trioVoice: S T BrLanguage: German

Roles: Pamina/Monostatos/Papageno
6Alles fühlt der Liebe Freuden Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.09

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Monostatos
7O Isis und Osiris Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.03

Type: aria,choirVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Sarastro
8Da bin ich schon mein Engel Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.24

Type: spokenVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Papageno
9In diesen heil'gen Hallen Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.13

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Sarastro
10Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.04

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Papageno
11Ihr in dem Weisheitstempel eingeweihten Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.02

Type: spokenVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Sarastro
12Jungling! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.08-1

Type: spokenVoice: Br TLanguage: German

Roles: Papageno/Monostatos
13Zum Ziele führt dich diese Bahn Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.16

Type: quartetVoice: T tr cA MzLanguage: German

Roles: Tamino/Three boys
14Tamino wollen wir nicht speisen Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.16

Type: recitativeVoice: Br SLanguage: German

Roles: Papageno/Pamina
15Eine schreckliche Nacht Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.04

Type: spokenVoice: T BrLanguage: German

Roles: Tamino/Papageno
16Tamino Tamino! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.22

Type: spokenVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Papageno
17Es lebe Sarastro Sarastro lebe! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.20-1

Type: recitative,choirVoice: S BrLanguage: German

Roles: Pamina/Papageno
18Soll ich dich Teurer nicht mehr sehn? Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.21

Type: trioVoice: B T SLanguage: German

Roles: Sarastro/Tamino/Pamina
19He lichter her! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.06

Type: spokenVoice: Br TLanguage: German

Roles: Papageno/Tamino
20He da! Was da! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.05

Type: recitativeVoice: T BrLanguage: German

Roles: Tamino/Papageno
21Die Weisheitslehre dieser Knaben Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.17

Type: aria,recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Tamino
22Morden soll ich? Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.12

Type: spokenVoice: S T BLanguage: German

Roles: Pamina/Monostatos/Sarastro
23Die Strahlen der Sonne vertreiben die Nacht Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.33-1

Type: recitative,choirVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Sarastro
24Wie stark ist nicht dein Zauberton Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.18

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Tamino
25Ihr Mächtigen seht ungerührt Popularity:

Opera: Zaide (Das Serail)Composer: MozartAct: 2.07

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Allazim
26Wer hungrig bei der Tafel sitzt Popularity:

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

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Osmin
27Da! Hat er do gestanden Popularity:

Opera: WozzeckComposer: BergAct: 2.03-2

Type: duetVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Madman
28Du, der Platz ist verflucht! Popularity:

Opera: WozzeckComposer: BergAct: 1.02-1-1

Type: recitativeVoice: Br TLanguage: German

Roles: Wozzeck/Andres
29Nein! keine Schuh Popularity:

Opera: WozzeckComposer: BergAct: 3.03-3

Type: duetVoice: Br cALanguage: German

Roles: Wozzeck/Margret
30Ich bin ein Mann! Popularity:

Opera: WozzeckComposer: BergAct: 2.05-2

Type: trioVoice: Br T TLanguage: German

Roles: Wozzeck/Andres/Drum Major
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