Karl Ridderbusch

Biography

Born: May 29, 1932; Recklinghausen, Germany  
Powerful of voice, though without the deep, cutting tone of some of his predecessors, bass Karl Ridderbusch nevertheless made a strong impression in the great Wagner bass roles. His plush instrument boasted thrusting top notes during the years of his considerable prime and possessed sufficient size to dominate a large orchestra. In addition, its fine focus made him a splendid singer of Bach, as was evidenced by his beautifully sung Christus in Read more the composer's St. Matthew Passion. Originally trained in engineering, Ridderbusch turned to singing when he won an amateur competition and was noticed by German tenor and TV personality Rudolf Schock. Schock was sufficiently impressed to help underwrite a program of studies at Essen's Folkwangschule. Ridderbusch made his stage debut at Münster's Städtisches Theater in 1961 and shortly thereafter accepted a contract at Essen where he began to undertake the Wagner, Verdi, and Strauss roles that would form the core of his subsequent repertory. In 1965, he joined the Deutsche Oper am Rhein. In 1966, he made his American debut singing Sarastro with Lyric Opera of Chicago and in 1967, he first appeared at Bayreuth. Ridderbusch made his first Metropolitan Opera appearances in 1967 and sang in an impressive Ring cycle at Covent Garden in 1971. His Hagen, somewhat heartier than most, was nonetheless a dangerous personality and was vigorously sung. Meanwhile, he had begun a long-term relationship with the Wiener Staatsoper and was frequently heard in Munich as well. Soon, he came into conductor Herbert von Karajan's circle of preferred singers and became a regular at the Salzburg Easter Festivals and in the conductor's related recording projects. During the period in which he was Karajan's leading bass of preference, Ridderbusch recorded such roles as Pogner in Die Meistersinger, Marke in Tristan und Isolde, Heinrich in Lohengrin, Hagen in Die Götterdämmerung, and Rocco in Fidelio. Nor was he unaccustomed to recording with others. Daland and Falstaff in Nicolai's Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor were sturdy interpretations sung under the direction of other leading conductors. Given his facility in the top register, Ridderbusch moved to undertake Hans Sachs and quickly became one of the role's leading proponents. His Sachs in the Chicago Lyric Opera's 1977 production of Die Meistersinger was, if somewhat bluff, richly and warmly sung. Read less
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    Beethoven: Leonore / Blomstedt, Moser, Cassilly
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94868 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Helen Donath,  Edda Moser,  Siegfried Lorenz,  Gunter Emmerlich  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Chorus,  Dresden Staatskapelle
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    Richard Strauss: Complete Operas
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002013902 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 33
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Anneliese Rothenberger,  Cäcilie Reich,  Eva Maria Rogner,  Ira Malaniuk  ... 
    Conductor:  Joseph Keilberth,  Giuseppe Sinopoli,  Karl Böhm,  Sir Georg Solti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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    Beethoven - Complete Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94630 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 86
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Helena Döse,  Marga Schiml,  Peter Schreier,  Theo Adam  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt,  David Zinman,  Gérard Oskamp,  Carl-August Bünte  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden State Opera Chorus,  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra  ... 
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    Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9, Overtures / Bohm, Vienna Philharmonic [6-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001923502 Release Date: 10/22/2013   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Tatiana Troyanos,  Karl Ridderbusch,  Jess Thomas,  Dame Gwyneth Jones
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Vienna Opera Chorus
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    Berlin Philharmonic - Centenary Edition
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001923302 Release Date: 10/22/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Hector Berlioz,  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Walter Berry,  Gundula Janowitz,  Hilde Rössl-Majdan  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Nikisch,  Alfred Hertz,  Richard Strauss,  Bruno Walter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein,  Swedish Radio Chorus  ... 
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    Karajan - 1970s
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001873702 Release Date: 09/03/2013   Number of Discs: 82
    Composer:  Arcangelo Corelli,  Francesco Manfredini,  Pietro Antonio Locatelli,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Brandis,  Michel Schwalbé,  Karlheinz Zöller,  Edith Mathis  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Hans Priem Bergrath
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus  ... 
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    Wagner - The Great Operas [36-CD Set]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 973359 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 36
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Peter Schreier,  Siv Wennberg,  René Kollo,  Janis Martin  ... 
    Conductor:  Heinrich Hollreiser,  Otto Klemperer,  Bernard Haitink,  Rudolf Kempe  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Chorus,  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden State Opera Chorus  ... 
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    Flotow: Martha / Wallberg, Popp, Jerusalem, Soffel, Nimsgern
    Label: Eurodisc   Catalog: 7789 Release Date: 04/25/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Friedrich von Flotow
    Performer:  Karl Ridderbusch,  Siegmund Nimsgern,  Siegfried Jerusalem,  Doris Soffel  ... 
    Conductor:  Heinz Wallberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    The Complete Bach Edition
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 664202 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 154
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Max van Egmond,  Kurt Equiluz,  Paul Esswood,  Walter Gampert  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Ton Koopman,  Jaap Schröder  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Chorus Viennensis,  Vienna Boys' Choir  ... 
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    Wagner: Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg  (Highlights)/ Karajan, Kollo, Schreier, Donath
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 29038 Release Date: 02/07/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  René Kollo,  Sir Geraint Evans,  Karl Ridderbusch,  Peter Schreier  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Chorus,  Dresden State Opera Chorus,  Dresden Staatskapelle
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    Wagner: Tristan und Isolde / Karajan, Vickers, Dernesch
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 28858 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Martin Vantin,  Christa Ludwig,  Helga Dernesch,  Jon Vickers  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus
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    Bruckner: Geistliche Chorwerke / Eugen Jochum
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 423127 Release Date: 03/10/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Performer:  Wolfgang Meyer,  Ernst Haefliger,  Peter Lagger,  Sieglinde Wagner  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus  ... 
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    Wagner: Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg / Karajan, Kollo, Donath
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 40788 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Helen Donath,  Kurt Moll,  Ruth Hesse,  Siegfried Vogel  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Chorus,  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden State Opera Chorus
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    Wagner: Siegfried / Karajan, J Thomas, Dernesch, Stolze
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 415150 Release Date: 06/10/2010   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Oralia Dominguez,  Karl Ridderbusch,  Zoltan Kélémén,  Thomas Stewart  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Wagner: Das Rheingold / Karajan, Fischer-Dieskau, Stolze
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 415141 Release Date: 05/27/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Simone Mangelsdorff,  Erwin Wohlfahrt,  Robert Kerns,  Donald Grobe  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Wagner: Gotterdammerung / Karajan, Janowitz, Ludwig, Dernesch, Brilioth
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 415155 Release Date: 05/27/2010   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Liselotte Rebmann,  Catarina Ligendza,  Lili Chookasian,  Zoltan Kélémén  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Essential Beethoven
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 95445 Release Date: 02/23/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  James Morris,  Jeremy Menuhin,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Siegfried Rudolf Frese  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  Kurt Sanderling,  Herbert von Karajan,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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    111 Years Of Deutsche Grammophon [55-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001341002 Release Date: 10/20/2009   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman,  Fritz Wunderlich,  Hubert Giesen,  Helmut Walcha  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Daniele Callegari,  Herbert von Karajan,  Karl Richter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan,  Verdi Chorus Milan  ... 
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    Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier / Watson, Popp, Kleiber
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 581083 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Karl Ridderbusch,  Anneliese Waas,  David Thaw,  Peter Albrecht  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
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    Verdi: Macbeth / Bohm, Milnes, Ridderbusch, Ludwig, Et Al
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 766082 Release Date: 01/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Sherrill Milnes,  Ljubomir Pantscheff,  Harald Pröglhöf,  Karl Ridderbusch  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
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    Best Karajan 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 15206 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Callas,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Elisabeth Grümmer,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Wagner: Die Meistersinger Von Nürnberg / Böhm, Adam, Ridderbusch, Hemsley, Et Al
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 753084 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Hans Franzen,  Thomas Hemsley,  William Johns,  Erich Klaus  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
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    Wagner: Die Meistersinger / Varviso, Bode, Bayreuth Festival
    Label: Philips Silverline Classics   Catalog: 432573 Release Date: 10/15/2008   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Karl Ridderbusch,  Hans Sotin,  Jean Cox,  Anna Reynolds  ... 
    Conductor:  Silvio Varviso
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
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    Ultimate Wagner - Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 00115870 Release Date: 08/26/2008   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Ruth Hesse,  Gustav Neidlinger,  Dorothea Siebert,  Helga Dernesch  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm,  Sir Georg Solti,  Silvio Varviso,  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
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    Wagner: Lohengrin / Kubelik, King, Janowitz, Jones
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 449591 Release Date: 08/26/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Gundula Janowitz,  Dame Gwyneth Jones,  Thomas Stewart,  Karl Ridderbusch  ... 
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
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