Julius Pölzer

9 April 1901 Admont – 16 February 1972 Munich

Picture of Julius Pölzer as Herodes
Julius Pölzer as Herodes

Picture of Julius Pölzer as Siegfried
Julius Pölzer as Siegfried

Julius Pölzer sings Tiefland: Ich grüß' noch einmal meine Berge
In RA format
Pölzer was a graduated dentist, but when his voice was discovered, he took lessons in Vienna and with Anna Bahr-Mildenburg in Munich, and made his debut in Wrocław/Breslau in 1928 (until 1930). From 1930 to 1947, he was one of the pillars of the Bavarian State Opera Munich, and at the same time regularly also of the State Operas in Vienna and in Dresden. Guest appearances in Frankfurt, Berlin, Venice, Torino, Geneva, at Covent Garden and the Paris Opéra. He finished his career in the early 1950s at the Vienna Volksoper, and resumed his work as a dentist.

He was primarily a Wagner tenor: Loge, Siegmund, both Siegfrieds, Tannhäuser, Tristan, Rienzi, Parsifal; in addition to that, he sang Matthias (Evangelimann), Pedro, Florestan, Hans Kraft (Der Bärenhäuter by Siegfried Wagner), Königssohn (Königskinder by Humperdinck), Max.

Pölzer never recorded commercially; his voice is only preserved by a few live and radio recordings.

Reference: Kutsch & Riemens

I wish to thank Michal Pekárek for the recording.

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