Kurt Equiluz (born 13 June 1929 in Vienna) is an Austrian classical tenor in opera and concert, known for recording works of Johann Sebastian Bach with Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Helmuth Rilling, a member of the Vienna State Opera as a tenor buffo from 1957 until 1983.
Kurt Equiluz was an alto soloist of the Wiener Sängerknaben. At the Austrian State Academy for Music and Art in Vienna he studied music theory, harp and singing with Adolf Vogel. He was a member of the Wiener Akademie-Kammerchor since 1945.
In 1957 he appeared in his first solo role at the Wiener Staatsoper as Pedrillo in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail and was a member of the house until 1983, performing 69 different roles of the Spieltenor repertory, such as Jaquino in Beethoven's Fidelio or Scaramuccio in Ariadne auf Naxos. He appeared at the Salzburger Festspiele in the premiere of Rolf Liebermann's Penelope (1954), in Frank Martin's Mystère de la Nativité (1960) and in the premiere of Rudolf Wagner-Régeny's Das Bergwerk zu Falun (1961).
Kurt Equiluz became known for his interpretation of Bach's cantatas and oratorios when was engaged in the recordings of Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Gustav Leonhardt covering the complete vocal works with historical instruments. He was the Evangelist in the first recording of Bach's St John Passion on period instruments with the Concentus Musicus Wien in 1965 and in 1970 the Evangelist in the St Matthew Passion. In 1977 he was the Evangelist in a recording of the St Matthew Passion with De Nederlandse Bachvereniging, conducted by Charles de Wolff, with Max van Egmond as the Vox Christi. He recorded the St John Passion, the St Matthew Passion and the Christmas Oratorio also with Michel Corboz. He recorded Bach cantatas also with the Gächinger Kantorei and Helmuth Rilling. With Harnoncourt he recorded works of Claudio Monteverdi, such as his operas L'Orfeo, Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, L'incoronazione di Poppea or the Vespro della Beata Vergine 1610. He recorded sacred music of the classical period with the Vienna Choir boys, such as Mozart's Missa solemnis in C minor, K. 139 "Waisenhausmesse", his Coronation Mass, Haydn's Theresienmesse and Schubert's Mass No. 6 in E-flat major, D 950.
- Bach: Johannes-Passion, BWV 245
- Kurt Equiluz (Evangelist), Max van Egmond, Trebles & Alto Soloists from the Wiener Sängerknaben, Bert van t'Hoff, Jacques Villisech, Wiener Sängerknaben, Chorus Viennensis, Concentus Musicus Wien, conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Teldec 1965
- Bach: Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244
- Kurt Equiluz (Evangelist), Karl Ridderbusch, soprano soloists of the Wiener Sängerknaben, James Bowman, Tom Sutcliff, Paul Esswood, Nigel Rogers, Michael Schopper, Regensburger Domspatzen, Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Teldec 1970 ("Erste Gesamtaufnahme in authentischer Besetzung mit Originalinstrumenten. Aufnahmeort: Wien, Casino Zögernitz, September 1970." - first complete recording in authentic instrumentation with period instruments, Vienna)
- Bach: Weihnachtsoratorium, BWV 248
- Kurt Equiluz (Evangelist), Barbara Schlick, Carolyn Watkinson, Michel Brodard, Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, conductor Michel Corboz, Erato 1984
- Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine
- Margaret Marshall, Felicity Palmer, Philip Langridge, Kurt Equiluz, Thomas Hampson, Arthur Korn, Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Tölzer Knabenchor, Wiener Hofburgkapelle, Choralschola, Concentus Musicus Wien, conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Teldec 1987
- Kurt Equiluz on the bach-cantatas website, 2003
- Johannes-Passion BWV 245 on bach-cantatas
- Michel Corboz & Lausanne Vocal Ensemble & Chamber Orchestra on bach-cantatas
- L'Incoronazione di Poppea
- Johannes-Passion, BVW 245 Erste Schallplattenproduktion in Originalbesetzung mit Originalinstrumenten. (First recording on period instruments)
- Matthäus Passion on Worldcat
- Weihnachtsoratorium on bach-cantatas, #30
- "Ich bin ein Musiker, der zufällig singt" (I am a musician who happens to sing) Interview in the Wiener Zeitung on the occasion of the singer's 80th birthday, 13 June 2009 (in German)
- Entries for recordings by Kurt Equiluz on WorldCat