Baritone Tom Krause: b/w Portrait Photo by Fayer, hand-signed by Tom Krause with 4 additional lines by his wife at the reverse.
3,5 x 5,5 inches, very fine condition.
Tom Krause is a Finnish operatic baritone particularly associated with Mozart roles.
He joined the Hamburg State Opera, where he sang mostly Mozart, Verdi, and Wagner roles, but also such rarities as Rossini 's La pietra del paragone and Handel 's Jephtha. He began making guest appearances in Munich, Amsterdam, Brussels, and made his debut in Bayreuth, as the Herald in Lohengrin, in 1962.
His English debut took place in 1963, at the Glyndebourne Festival as the Count in Capriccio, his American debut in 1967, at the Metropolitan Opera, as the Count in Le nozze di Figaro. From 1968, he appeared regularly at the Salzburg Festival, as Don Giovanni and Guglielmo, notably.
Krause was also very active as a recitalist of German Lieder, as well as songs by Modest Mussorgsky and Jean Sibelius, in all of which, one can appreciate a firm, resonant voice, a sound technique and a vivid power of characterization.