Erich Kunz (Baritone)
Born: 20th May 1909, Vienna
Died: 8th September 1995, Vienna
Erich Kunz was an Austrian operatic bass baritone, particularly associated with the roles of Papageno and Beckmesser.
He studied in Vienna with Lierhammer and Duhan, and made his stage debut in Opava, as Osmin, in 1933. He then sang in Plauen (1936–37), Breslau (1937–41).
He made his debut at the Vienna State Opera in 1940, where he quickly established himself as a specialist of Mozart roles such as Figaro, Leporello, Guglielmo, Papageno, roles he also sang at the Salzburg Festival and Aix-en-Provence Festival. He was also renowned for his portrayal of Beckmesser, which he sang at the Bayreuth Festival in 1943 and 1951.