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Theo Adam

Theo Adam


Born in Dresden in 1926, Adam began singing as a boy chorister in the Dresdner Kreuzchor and trained with Rudolf Dietrich; he made his professional debut in a small role in Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov in 1949, and began a long association with the Bayreuth Festival (where his roles would include Titurel, Pogner, the Dutchman and Wotan) in the early 1950s. By the early 1970s he was appearing regularly at Covent Garden (where he debuted as Wotan in 1967) and the Metropolitan Opera in roles such as Hans Sachs, Pizarro and Wozzeck; he also enjoyed a close relationship with the Wiener Staatsoper, where he continued to appear in smaller roles until his early seventies.

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 Obituary, Theo Adam (1926-2019)

The great German bass, particularly famed for his Wagner roles, has died aged 92.

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