Ludwig Suthaus

The German tenor Ludwig Suthaus (1906-1971) was born in Cologne, later studying at that city’s Musikhochschule before making his début in 1928 as Walther von Stolzing in Aachen, where he would remain until 1931. He then sang regularly in Stuttgart between 1932 and 1941, when he moved to Berlin. There he was based until his retirement in 1965. His international career blossomed in postwar Europe with appearances in Wagnerian roles in Vienna (1948), Paris (1949), Buenos Aires (1949), London and San Francisco (both 1953) and Milan (1954). His other rôles included Samson, Rienzi, Otello, Florestan, Hermann (The Queen of Spades), Bacchus (Ariadne auf Naxos) and Sadko. His voice was one of marked baritonal quality but Suthaus was greatly admired in Wagnerian Heldentenor repertoire. He also appeared in Furtwängler’s famous 1952 Tristan und Isolde recording (Naxos 8.110321-24).