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Hier im ird'schen Jammertal

Lied des Kaspar (Nr. 4)
der Max zum Trinken verführen will.
im ersten Akt von Webers Der Freischütz.

Ludwig Weber

1899-1974
Bass

Ludwig Weber (July 29, 1899 – December 9, 1979) was an Austrian bass. He was born and died in Vienna, Austria. He studied with Alfred Borrotau, a well respected teacher, and had his debut in 1920 at the Vienna Volksoper. In 1933 he became a member of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. In 1945 he became a member of the Vienna State Opera, until his retirement around 1965. By then, he had started to teach at the Mozarteum in Salzburg (1961). Weber sang at the Bayreuth Festival from 1951-1962.

Weber possessed one of the most beautiful bass voices of the twentieth century. Some of his most famous roles were Gurnemanz from Parsifal, Sarastro from The Magic Flute, and Baron Ochs from Der Rosenkavalier. In 1950, he appeared in complete Der Ring des Niebelungen conducted by Wilhelm Furtwangler at La Scala in Milan, singing the roles of Fasolt in Das Rheingold, Hunding in Die Walkure, Fafner in Siegfried, and Hagen in Gotterdammerung.

The title role from Boris Godunov was one of Weber's favorites and excerpts (sung in German) survive from a performance broadcast over the radio. He also was a brilliant Fasolt from Das Rheingold and King Marke from Tristan und Isolde.

Weitere Aufnahmen von Ludwig Weber