Josef Kalenberg

7 January 1886 Cologne – 8 November 1962 Vienna

Picture of Josef Kalenberg as Lohengrin
Josef Kalenberg as Lohengrin

Picture of Josef Kalenberg's record label

Josef Kalenberg sings Il trovatore: Lodern zum Himmel
In RA format

Originally an electrical engineer, he studied voice in Cologne, where he also made his debut in 1911 as Turiddu. He sang in Krefeld, Wuppertal-Barmen, Düsseldorf and again in Cologne, before becoming a member of the Vienna Staatsoper in early 1928. Guest appearances at the Salzburg Festival, in Brno, Antwerp or Barcelona. He stayed at the Vienna Staatsoper until 1943, and continued singing until 1949 (last appearance: Tristan at the Vienna Volksoper).

His most important roles were Stolzing, Lohengrin, Tannhäuser, Siegfried, Parsifal, Loge, Froh, Erik, Florestan, Pedro, Bacchus, Radames, Calaf, Canio and Babinsky (Švanda dudák by Weinberger).

Reference 1: Kutsch & Riemens, reference 2, reference 3, reference 4: archives of the Vienna Staatsoper

I wish to thank Daniele Godor for the recording and the record label.

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