Karl Ots

18 September 1882 Narva – 4 April 1961 Tallinn

He was originally a railway worker (from 1902 to 1920), but while still doing that work, he studied voice with Gavriil Morskoj in St. Petersburg from 1913 to 1918. He made his debut at the Estonian Opera in Tallinn in 1920 as a baritone; in 1923, he switched to tenor roles, for which he restudied in Italy with Armanda Degli Abbati in 1924/25. He spent his entire career at the Tallinn opera, until 1957.

His repertory included: Tristan, Lohengrin, Tannhäuser, German, Radames, Manrico, Otello, Raoul, Pinkerton, Cavaradossi, Rodolfo, Tosca, José, Hoffmann, Éléazar; in his baritone years, he sang Barbiere and Valentin among others.

And he was of course the father of baritone wizard Georg Ots.


Karl Ots singsPikovaja dama: Chto nasha zhizn?

Karl Hansovich Ots sings Za mir i svobodu! (Nosov), in Estonian, with Georg Ots
Georg Ots
In RA format
I wish to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recording (Za mir i svobodu!).

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