Yesterday we received the sad new that the great bass-baritone Theo Adam passed away at the age of 92.
Adam was an indispensable presence at Bayreuth in the 60s and 70s where he more or less owned the role of Wotan. He continued singing well into his 70s. I had the pleasure of hearing him as König Marke in 2002 and he was still in remarkable form.
As a tribute I am offering all of his recordings at 60% off for the next week.
Die Fledermaus with Charles Mackerras
This recording of Die Fledermaus, sung in English, would rival even the best performance from the Wiener Staatsoper.
Charles Mackerras delivers a performance that is steeped in Viennese nuance yet still manages to feel organic and free. He is aided by a pit band that is nothing short of first rate as well as an equally stellar cast including Anne Evans, Valerie Masterson and Alan Opie.
Theo Adam Compilation
In honor of Theo Adam, we are making this compilation available as this week's free download.
It features Adam in arias and scenes from Leonore, La Forza del destino, Don Carlo, Boris Godunov, Wozzeck, Elektra, Lohengrin,Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried, Parsifal and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.
Download it while you can!