In celebration of Artur Korn’s 80th birthday8:00, 4th December 2017
Happy 80th birthday to the distinguished bass Artur Korn, who was born in Wuppertal, Germany, on 4 December in 1937.
Having studied singing in Cologne and Munich, Korn was an ensemble member for 20 years at the Vienna State Opera and Vienna Volksoper he set off on his international career as a soloist. From 1984 to 1996, he sang at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, in San Francisco, Chicago, Santiago di Chile and at the Colón in Buenos Aires. In Europe, he appeared at the Teatro Real in Madrid and at La Scala, London’s Royal Opera House, Munich, Hamburg, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Dresden and Brussels. He also sang principal roles in a number of Festivals, including Salzburg, Bayreuth (where he made his debut at the age of 70, Glyndebourne and Bregenz.
His signature roles were many and varied, including Baron Ochs, Osmin, Hunding, Bartol, Graf Waldner, Daland, Pogner, Sarastro and Hagen (in Götterdämmerung). In 1983 he was made a Kammersänger of Austria and in 1989 he received the Honorary Silver Medal of Vienna. He retired from the stage at the age of 74.