His father was the conductor of a spa orchestra. Anthes studied with Julius Stockhausen in Frankfurt and
Cesare Galliera in Milano. In concert, he made his debut already while studying; on stage, in 1888 in Freiburg as Max.
A guest appearance in Dresden in 1889 was so successful that he was immediately hired as first heldentenor; he was soon
considered one of Germany's leading Wagner interpreters. In 1902, he broke his Dresden contract and went to New York for one Met
season (another one followed in 1908/09).
1903–13 (i.e. until he retired), he was a member of the Budapest opera; he stayed in Budapest, first as a voice teacher at
the conservatory, from 1920 as a stage director at the opera. Among his pupils were many important Hungarian singers, for instance
Piroska (Rosette) Anday and Mária Németh.
Reference: Kutsch & Riemens
The below recording is just a fragment
from that scene, a surprisingly long fragment, though – this is from a Mapleson cylinder!