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Krause, Tom

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Helsinki, 1934. Born in Helsinki (Finland), Tom Krause began his vocal studies at the school of music in Vienna. After his first performances with the Deutsche Oper of Berlin he was appointed Kammersänger of the Hamburg State Opera. In 1963 he sang Britten´s War Requiem, conducted by the composer, who recommended him for a première of this work in the USA. He made his debut in 1967 at the Metropolitan Opera as Count Almaviva (The Marriage of Figaro) and in 1968, in Salzburg, as Don Giovanni with Herbert von Karajan. He has sung in venues throughout the world, such as Brussels Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Vienna State Opera House, Milan Scala, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires and the opera houses in San Francisco, Munich, Chicago, Houston and Paris. Has taken part in numeous festivals Bayreuth, Glyndebourne, Tanglewood, Edinburgh, Prague and Savonlinna). In 2001 he appeared at the Paris Théâtre de la Bastille in Parsifal and in 2002 in the role of Moses in Moses und Aaron at the Massimo Theatre, Palermo. He has given performances with the most important orchestras and conductors such as Karajan, Solti, Bernstein, Ozawa, Abbado, Mehta,Giulini and Maazel. His extensive discography has led to the award of various prizes: Edison, Deutsche Schallplatten and English Gramophone. He has given master classes at the Curtis Institute and at the Philadelphia Academy of Vocal Arts, among others. From 1994 to 2001 he was professor at the Hamburg Conservatoire of Music (Germany) and is a frequent member of the jury at international singing competitions. In June 2003 was distinguished as Doctor Honoris Causa of Music by the Helsinki University. Since the 2002-2003 academic year Tom Krause is Head Professor of the «Alfredo Kraus» Chair of Voice sponsored by the Fundación Ramón Areces, at the Reina Sofía School of Music.

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