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Kurt Moll dies at 78

March 6, 2017

Kurt Moll
Source: Orfeo

The Bavarian Radio today announced the death over the weekend at the age of 78, after a long, serious illness, of the opera singer Kurt Moll. Bavarian State Opera Intendant Nikolaus Bachler called Moll one of the most important singers of his time. “Kurt Moll brought the great bass rôles in Wagner, Mozart and Strauss to life like no one else. His death is a great loss to the Bavarian State Opera, its family, his audiences in Munich, Germany, and around the world.”

The bass, who was born in Buir near Cologne, joined the Cologne Opera at age 20, and retired from the stage in 2006 after singing the Commendatore in Don Giovanni and the Nachtwächter in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, both at the Bavarian State Opera. In addition to Munich, Moll sang in Hamburg, Vienna, Bayreuth and Salzburg, and was a professor at the Kölner Musikhochschule.

Moll’s recorded legacy covered an enormous range which included not only his Sarastro, Osmin, Rocco (which he sang in Naxos’ complete Fidelio recording), Daland, Fasolt and Fafner, but unforgettable performances in Mozart’s choral music conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt and song recitals of Schubert and Loewe.

I. Nielsen, Winbergh, K. Moll, Hungarian Radio Chorus, Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia, Halász
Naxos 8.660070-71

For other Naxos Music Group labels, Moll sang in the world première recording of Franz Schmidt’s opera Notre Dame (Capriccio) and made 15 appearances on Orfeo including another nightwatchman’s rôle, in Heinrich Isaac Biber’s Nachtwächterlied Serenata of 1673.

SCHMIDT Notre Dame [Opera]
Jones, King, Laubenthal, Welker, Moll, Helm, Borris, RSO Berlin, Perick
Capriccio C10248-49

MOZART Die Bauernhochzeit
BIBER Serenada ‘Nachtwachterlied’

J. and M. Engel, K. Moll, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Stadlmair
Orfeo C033821A

Kurt Moll Biography and Discography


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