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Karel BURIAN

(*12.1.1870, Rousínov u Rakovníka - ✝25.9.1924, Senomaty)

Czec opera singer - heroic tenor

Brother of Emil Burian. He studied law in Prague, singing in Prague and in Münich with Moritz Wallerstein and Moritz Anger. In 1891, he had his debut in Brno with the tenor roles (Jeník in Smetana´s Bartered Bride or Dalibor in Dalibor). Following this, he was engaged in Reval (Tallin), Aachen, Kolin am Rhein, Hannover and Hamburg (1898-1900), and was also a guest singer in operas in Berlin, Bremen and Dresden. From 1900 to 1901, he performed the National Theatre in Prague, and was later a guest singer in Prague in operatic roles of Smetana and Wagner. He reached the height of his career at Dresden opera between 1902 and 1910, when he performed in the role of Herodes in Strauss´s Salome and Tristan in Wagner´s Tristan and Isolde. He was also a guest singer in Münich, Berlin, Leipzig, Zürich, Stuttgart, Covent Garden, Brussel, Vienna and Paris (in 1907, he performed with Emma Destinn in the Parisian premiere of Salome). He later performed roles of the operas of Wagner in Bayreuth and Metropolitan Opera i New York. From 1912 to 1913, he was engaged in Vienna. He had a strong tenor voice and was a famous actor. He primarily became famous for his performances of the Wagnerian roles. With his brother Emil, he also managed song-concerts. He devoted himself also to literary activities (poems, feuilletons), and also translated Czech songs into German language as well as German librettos into Czech (i.e. Tristan and Isolde, Salome). He wrote his biography My Memories (1913).

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