Famed German bass-baritone Theo Adam has passed away in his hometown of Dresden on Thursday January 10th, 2019. He was 92.
Mr Adam’s career spanned over four decades, starting with a performance of Weber’s Der Freischütz at the Staatsoper Dresden in 1949. He would regularly sing with the Berlin State Opera and would also appear at many of the leading opera houses around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House, the Salzburg Festival, and the Vienna State Opera.
Mr. Adam was also closely associated with the Bayreuth Festival, making his first appearance there in 1952 as Hermann Ortel in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. He would return every season from 1958 until the 1980 Festival, singing roles such as Fasolt, Heinrich von Vogler, Veit Pogner, Wotan/The Wanderer, the Flying Dutchman, and Hans Sachs.
Mr. Adam recorded several operas, including a live recording from Bayreuth as Wotan in Der Ring Des Nibelungen, as well as Die Meistersinger, Hänsel und Gretal, Fidelio, and The Magic Flute.
Mr. Adam was appointed a Kammersänger in 1979.
Here are a couple Youtube video clips of Mr. Adam: