5 x 4 color photo signed by Theo Adam in 1975 in Wien. Fine condition.
The autograph comes with a Certificate of authenticity.
Theo Adam (Bass-Baritone)
Born: August 1, 1926 – Dresden, Germany
The German bass-baritone,Theo Adam, came to music early. As a boy he sang in the Dresdner Kreuzchor. He studied voice in his native city with Rudolf Dittrich between 1946-1949.
On December 1949 he made his operatic debut as the Hermit in Der Freischütz at the Dresden State Opera, and in 1952 made his first appearance at the Bayreuth Festival, quickly rising to prominence as one of the leading Wagnerian heroic Bass-Baritones of his time. He was a principal member of the Berlin State Opera from 1953, and made guest appearances at London’s Covent Garden, the Vienna State Opera, the Paris Opéra, the Salzburg Festivals, the San Francisco Opera, and the Chicago Lyric Opera.
In February 1969 he made his operatic debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York as Hans Sachs (Die Meistersinger). In addition to his Wagnerian roles, he also sang in operas by Mozart, Verdi and Richard Strauss with notable success. He appeared in various contemporary works as well, creating the leading roles in Cerha ’s Baal (1981) and Luciano Berio ’s Un Re in ascolto (1984). In 1979 he was made an Austrian Kammersänger. Together with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Theo Adam was of the distinguished Bach’s bass singers from the late 1950’s to the late 1970’s, recording many Bach Cantatas under the baton of Karl Richter.
Source: Mostly Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of 20th Century Classical Musicians (1997)
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