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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
1Bin ich nun frei Popularity:

Opera: Rheingold, DasComposer: WagnerAct: 4

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Alberich
2Dank König dir dass du zu richten kamst Popularity:

Opera: LohengrinComposer: WagnerAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Friedrich
3Tamino Tamino! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.22

Type: spokenVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Papageno
4Da bin ich schon mein Engel Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.24

Type: spokenVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Papageno
5Meta di voi qua vadano Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.05-3

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni
6Erhebe dich Genossin meiner Schmach Popularity:

Opera: LohengrinComposer: WagnerAct: 2.01

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Friedrich
7Den Tag seh ich erscheinen Popularity:

Opera: Meistersinger von Nürnberg, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Beckmesser
8Eine Hex steinalt Popularity:

Opera: Hänsel und GretelComposer: HumperdinckAct: 1.07

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Peter
9Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.04

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Papageno
10Was erleb ich, Wozzeck? Popularity:

Opera: WozzeckComposer: BergAct: 1.04

Type: duetVoice: Br BLanguage: German

Roles: Wozzeck/Doctor
11He Wozzeck! Popularity:

Opera: WozzeckComposer: BergAct: 2.02-2

Type: trioVoice: Br B TLanguage: German

Roles: Wozzeck/Doctor/Captain
12Aber der Mond verrät mich Popularity:

Opera: WozzeckComposer: BergAct: 3.04-2

Type: trioVoice: Br B TLanguage: German

Roles: Wozzeck/Doctor/Captain
13Das Messer? Wo ist das Messer? Popularity:

Opera: WozzeckComposer: BergAct: 3.04-1

Type: trioVoice: Br B TLanguage: German

Roles: Wozzeck/Doctor/Captain
14Ah! poveretto me Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.22

Type: recitativeVoice: Br B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Guglielmo/Alfonso/Ferrando
15Nein! keine Schuh Popularity:

Opera: WozzeckComposer: BergAct: 3.03-3

Type: duetVoice: Br cALanguage: German

Roles: Wozzeck/Margret
16Tanzt alle, tanzt nur zu Popularity:

Opera: WozzeckComposer: BergAct: 3.03-1

Type: duetVoice: Br cALanguage: German

Roles: Wozzeck/Margret
17Komm setz Dich her, Margret! Popularity:

Opera: WozzeckComposer: BergAct: 3.03-2

Type: duetVoice: Br cALanguage: German

Roles: Wozzeck/Margret
18Doch Halt, Wo Bleiben Die Kinder? Popularity:

Opera: Hänsel und GretelComposer: HumperdinckAct: 1.06-2

Type: duetVoice: Br MzLanguage: German

Roles: Peter/Gertrud
19Wie der Mond rot aufgeht! Popularity:

Opera: WozzeckComposer: BergAct: 3.02-2

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: German

Roles: Wozzeck/Marie
20Tamino wollen wir nicht speisen Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.16

Type: recitativeVoice: Br SLanguage: German

Roles: Papageno/Pamina
21Was hast da? Popularity:

Opera: WozzeckComposer: BergAct: 2.01-2

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: German

Roles: Wozzeck/Marie/Marie's son
22Dort links geht's in die Stadt Popularity:

Opera: WozzeckComposer: BergAct: 3.02-1

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: German

Roles: Wozzeck/Marie
23Guten Tag, Franz Popularity:

Opera: WozzeckComposer: BergAct: 2.03-1

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: German

Roles: Wozzeck/Marie
24Wozzeck, Er sieht immer so verhetzt aus! Popularity:

Opera: WozzeckComposer: BergAct: 1.01-1-2

Type: duetVoice: Br TLanguage: German

Roles: Wozzeck/Captain
25Langsam, Wozzeck, langsam! Popularity:

Opera: WozzeckComposer: BergAct: 1.01-1-1

Type: duetVoice: Br TLanguage: German

Roles: Wozzeck/Captain
26Läuft dort ein Has vorbei Popularity:

Opera: WozzeckComposer: BergAct: 1.02-1-2

Type: recitativeVoice: Br TLanguage: German

Roles: Wozzeck/Andres
27He lichter her! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.06

Type: spokenVoice: Br TLanguage: German

Roles: Papageno/Tamino
28Wozzeck, Er ist ein guter Mensch Popularity:

Opera: WozzeckComposer: BergAct: 1.01-1-3

Type: duetVoice: Br TLanguage: German

Roles: Wozzeck/Captain
29Du, der Platz ist verflucht! Popularity:

Opera: WozzeckComposer: BergAct: 1.02-1-1

Type: recitativeVoice: Br TLanguage: German

Roles: Wozzeck/Andres
30Jungling! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.08-1

Type: spokenVoice: Br TLanguage: German

Roles: Papageno/Monostatos
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