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August Messthaler (Bass)

Born: July 3, 1920 - Austria?

The Austrian (?) bass, August Messthaler [Meßthaler], studied first teaching in Vienna and Munich. However, he let his voice been trained, while he worked at the same time still as a teacher. His studies took place with the great singing teachers Franziska Martienssen Lohemann and Paul Lohmann.

In 1949 August Messthaler began a glossful concert career, which brought him great successes with concert tours in the European music centers as in North America. In 1950 he won an international singing competition in Frankfurt a.M. In the areas of oratorio and Lieder he proved himself as one the prominent German bassists of his generation, gladly stepped himself before his public also in works of contemporary composers.

Since 1966 August Messthaler worked as a lecturer, and since 1979 as a professor at the College of Music of Stuttgart.

August Messthaler became known also by radio broadcasts and by recordings. The latters appeared on DGG, Decca, Philips, Vox, Corona, De Camera and Wergo. Further recordings on Telefunken (Lieder), Camerata (Bach Cantatas, works of of Heinrich Schütz) and in the Christophorus-Verlag (Masses by Mozart and Schubert).

Source Operissimo Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (August 2001)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (August 2001); Manfred Krugmann (Photo 01, July 2011)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works

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Marcel Couraud

Bass

BWV 31, BWV 243, BWV 249

Günter Graulich

Bass

BWV 25, BWV 103

Karl Münchinger

Bass

BWV 244

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