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Martin Kremer (Tenor)

Born: March 23, 1898 - Geisenheim am Rhein, Germany
Died: February 19, 1971 - Prien am Chiemsee, Germany

The German tenor, Martin Kremer, was trained by W. Fuhr in Wiesbaden and by Giuseppe Borgatti in Milan.

Martin Kremer made his debut in 1924 at the Staatstheater of Kassel, whose member he was until 1927. After singing from 1927 to 1929 at the Staatstheater of Wiesbaden, he came in 1929 to the Staatsoper Dresden. In Dresden he participated in several premieres of Richard Strauss operas: in July 1933 as Matteo in Arabella, in June 1935 as Henry in Die schweigsame Frau and in October 1938 as Leukippos in Daphne. He was engaged at the Dresden Opera in the years 1929-1940 and sang then from 1940 to 1943 at the Theater des Volkes in Berlin. At the same time he had engagement as a guest at the German Theatre Oslo 1941-1944. He appeared from 1948 to 1956 at the Staatstheater Wiesbaden, where he departed from the stage in 1956 as Manrico in Troubadour, but still appeared as a guest 1960 at smaller German theatres until 1960.

As a guest Martin Kremer appeared also in 1931 in Amsterdam (David in Meistersingern), at the Staatsoper Berlin (1933), at the Festival of Zoppot (1935 as David), at the Wiener Staatsoper (1937, 1939), at the Covent Garden Opera in London (1934 in the first English performance of Arabella), at the Teatro Liceo Barcelona (1935), at the Théâtre de la Monnaie Brussels (1939), at the Wiener Volksoper (1942), at the operas of Nice and Geneva and worked from 1933 to 1938 at the Bayreuth Festival as David in Meistersingern and as Froh in Rheingold.

Martin Kremer was an estimated concert and oratorio singer (Evangelist in the Passions of J.S. Bach) and worked later also as director. He took part in a number of further premieres of operas: 1926 as Orpheus in Orpheus und Eurydike by E. Krenek (Kassel), 1930 in Dresden in Lord Spleen by Mark Lothar, 1932 in Dresden in Mr. Wu by Eugen d'Albert, 1933 in Dresden in Münchhausen by Mark Lothar, 1935 in Dresden in Der Günstling by Rudolf Wagner-Régeny (title role), 1936 in Dresden in Der verlorene Sohn by R. Heger and 1938, again in Dresden, in Die Wirtin von Pinsk by Richard Mohaupt, 1943 at the Berliner Theater des Volkes in the operetta Der liebe Augustin by Josef Rixner. He sang in 1928 in Wiesbaden in the German first performance of F. Alfano's Madonna Imperia.

Roles from Martin Kremer's opera repertoire: Tamino, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, the Duke in Rigoletto, Radames in Aida, the King son in Engelbert Humperdinck's Königskindern, Sally in Romeo und Julia auf dem Dorfe by H. Sutermeister, Tambourmajor in Wozzeck and Komponist in Jonny spielt auf by Krenek. This talented singer showed his versatility in his operetta roles.

His recordings had very big successes: Orchestrola (1930), HMV-Electrola (including David in the 1st Act of Meistersinger under Karl Böhm; Operetta recordings, partially with Maria Elsner).

Source: Operissimo Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (May 2005)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (May 2005); Manfred Krugmann (Photos 01-02, July 2011)

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