Greatest Opera Singers

Greatest Opera Singers

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Friedrich Plaschke (Bass/Baritone) ( Jaroměř 1875 - Prague 1952)

He studied in Prague, and in Dresden with Karl Scheidemantel. He made his début at the Dresden Hofoper in 1900 as the Herald in ‘’Lohengrin’’ and remained a member of that company until 1937, creating Pöschel (‘’Feuersnot’’), the First Nazarene (‘’Salome’’), Arcesius (dAlbert's ‘’Die toten Augen’’), Altair (‘’Die ägyptische Helena’’), Count Waldner (‘’Arabella’’) and Morosus (‘’Die schweigsame Frau’’); he was also the first Dresden Barak, Gérard (‘’Andrea Chénier’’), Boris Godunov and Amfortas. He sang Pogner at Bayreuth in 1911 and Kurwenal, Hans Sachs and Amfortas at Covent Garden in 1914. Plaschke toured the USA with the German Opera Company, 1922–4. In Germany he was considered one of the best singing actors of his day. He was married to the soprano Eva von der Osten.

Chronology of some appearances

1900-1937 Dresden Hofoper 
1911 Bayreuth Festival
1914 London Covent Garden


G&T, Berlin 1907-08?
Götterdämmerung (Wagner): Blühenden Lebens with Burian 2-44319 3234r
Muette de Portici (Auber): Weit eher den Tod with Burian  2-44320 3235r
Bohème (Puccini): O Geliebte with Burian  044074 258s
Forza del destino (Verdi): In dieser feierlichen Stunde with Burian  044075 259s

Gramophone, Berlin 1909-12-17
Mignon (Thomas): Schwalbenduett with von der Osten 044149 353ac

Gramophone, Dresden 1909-10
Faust (Gounod): Valentins Gebet 4-42303 10158L
Aida (Verdi): Zu dir führt mich, pt 1 with von der Osten 044147
Aida (Verdi): Pt II with with von der Osten 044148 439m
Mignon (Thomas): Schwalbenduett with von der Osten 044149 440m

Pathé, 1912?
Faust (Gounod): Valentins Tod 55645
Faust (Gounod): Duell-Terzett with Soot and Lordmann 55646

Gramophone, 1915
Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner): Gleich, Meister! Hier! with Henke 3-44131 18205L
Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner): Gut'n Abend, Meister with van  Endert  044286 908½m
Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner): Ja, ja, das hast du dir schön  erdacht with van Endert  044287 909m

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