Karel Hruška

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Karel Hruška sings Prodaná nevěsta: Utiš se, dívko, utiš se
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Karel Hruška was born on June 14th, 1891 in Plzeň. He studied singing with Richard Figar, Josef Branzovský and Emil Burian, and made his debut in 1911 in Plzeň. Hruška became a soloist at the Prague National Theatre in 1919, and he sang there until 1957. He became famous in buffo parts, having inherited the mantle of Adolf Krössing. For example, he sang the Principál komediantů (i. e. the Ringmaster) in Prodaná nevěsta no less than 855 times. Occasionally, Hruška also sang main parts.

He appeared in several films from 1913 to 1955, and he was a radio personality, hosting his own show on the Czechoslovakian national radio.

The singer died on October 17th, 1966 in Prague.

I wish to thank Vladimir Efimenko for the recording and notes.
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