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Walter Hauck (Baritone)

Born: March 17, 1910 - Böhl (Pfalz), Germany
Died: 1991 - Germany

The German lyric baritone, Walter Hauck, completed his high school diploma at the Oberrealschule Ludwigshafen. He then began studying at the Technischen Hochschule Darmstadt (Darmstadt Technical University) before taking up a music degree at the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin for four years, where he was a student of Julius von Raatz-Brockmann. Further education in singing followed in 1938-1939 with Emmi Leisner and in 1940-1941 at the Berliner Opernschule Klindworth-Scharwenka. Already during his training he appeared since 1925 as a concert singer.

In 1941 Walter Hauck accepted a stage engagements at the Stadttheater of Cottbus, whose member he remained he until 1944. His debut role there was Count Luna in Giuseppe Verdi's Il trovatore. Other singing roles during this time were the title role in W.A. Mozart's Don Giovanni, Flut in Otto Nicolai's Lustigen Weiber von Windsor and Dr. Malatesta in Don Pasquale.After World War II, he made a major shift and focused nearly completely on his concert career and could be found on the stage only occasionally at the Städtischen Oper Berlin. In the concert hall he was estimated primarily for his art of J.S. Bach interpretation, but he dedicated himself also to the contemporary music work. In 1953 he sang at the Festival of Venice Ode an Napoleon by Arnold Schoenberg.

Walter Hauck attained great importance as a singing teacher. First he worked as a lecturer at the Berlin's Conservatory; since 1968 at the Musikhochschule Berlin. Among his pupils were Bruno Pola, Tanja Berg and Wolf Appel.]

As early as 1935, Walter Hauck made his debut as a singer in radio, with which he had long been associated as a singer and speaker. He also worked as a synchronic spokesman from 1946 onwards. Recordings: Eurodisc (including selections from Zar und Zimmermann), HMV Electrola (smaller parts in opera and particularly in operettas selection, J.S. Bach Cantatas), MMS (Coffee Cantata (BWV 211) by J.S. Bach). Filmography: Wenn die Abendglocken läuten (1951, as a singer), 1967: Pauken und Trompeten (1967)

Source: Operissimo Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (May 2005); German Wikipedia Website (June 2016), English translation by Aryeh Oron (March 2017)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (May 2005, March 2017); Josif Spartak (February 2017)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Carl Gorvin


BWV 152

Helmut Koch


BWV 211

Karl Ristenpart


BWV 19 [1st], BWV 32 [1st], BWV 38, BWV 58 [1st], BWV 164, BWV 180, BWV 248 [Tape]

Links to other Sites

Walter Hauck - sänger (Wikipedia) [German]


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