19 March 1911 Grudziądz/Graudenz – 30 June 2008 Berlin
as Cardinal Albrecht with Jaro Prohaska in Mathis der Maler
Otello with Tiana Lemnitz
Witte studied voice with
Philipp Kraus and made his debut in 1930, 1932 or 1934 (according to different sources) in Bremen. 1937/38, he sang in
Wiesbaden, and in the 1938/39 season, he was successful as a buffo at the Metropolitan Opera, New York; he sang as a guest
in Buenos Aires, London and Vienna thereafter, while being a member of the Breslau opera (now Wrocław/Poland). From 1941 a
member of the Staatsoper Berlin, which he remained through the end of his career in 1960. In his early Berlin years, he
was still a comprimario, while in his later years, he became a heldentenor (1952 and 1953 also at the Bayreuth festival).
After his career, he was a stage director at the Frankfurt opera. Made very few recordings.