Gustáv Papp

28 September 1919 Čierny Balog – 7 October 1997 Bratislava

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Gustáv Papp singsTannhäuser: Dir töne Lob
Papp studied medicine in Bratislava, and simultaneously chant in Bratislava and Vienna. In medicine, he graduated in 1944, and became a surgeon. In 1947, he graduated also in chant, and made his debut in Bratislava in 1948. His further career was primarily as a tenor, but he never entirely gave up practicing medicine. He sang always at the Slovak National Theater Bratislava (until 1987), but for many years also a regular guest in Leipzig and Dresden.

He specialized in Wagner, and in contemporary opera, premiering alone four operas by Slovak composer Ján Cikker between 1954 and 1987. His wobble has to be heard to be believed, one of the worst on record.

Reference 1: Kutsch & Riemens; reference 2

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