November 6, 1855|
|Died||January 27, 1946
St. Lorenz, Upper Austria
Paul Kalisch (6 November 1855 in Berlin, Prussia – 27 January 1946 in St. Lorenz, Upper Austria) was a German opera singer. He was the son of David Kalisch, a Jewish Christian writer, founder of the Kladderadatsch.
Kalisch was destined for a career as an architect, but at a gathering at the home of his brother-in-law Paul Lindau, where Kalisch sang a few selections from Schubert and Wagner, his voice so impressed Pollini and Adelina Patti that they urged him to go on the stage. Shortly afterward Kalisch went to Italy to study under Leoni and Lamperti, and he made his debut at Varese in 1880 as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor. After a most successful tour through Italy and Spain he sang in 1883 at the royal operas at Munich, Berlin, and Vienna, and at the Stadttheaters of Hamburg, Leipzig, and Cologne.
He stayed a short time in Germany, and then together with Lilli Lehmann, whom he later married, went to London, where he sang in Tristan und Isolde at Her Majesty's Theatre. From England Kalisch went to the United States, where he spent six winter seasons: four seasons at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York City, while for two seasons he toured the country together with Anton Seidl, singing in many of Wagner's operas. Upon his return to Europe he again toured Germany, and also sang at Vienna, Budapest, Paris, and London; but he achieved his greatest success at the Wiesbadener Festspiele, where he sang before the royal family. He was made Kammersänger by Duke Ernst of Saxe-Coburg. Kalisch's most successful rôles are The Prophet, Eleazar, Othello, Siegmund, Siegfried, Tannhäuser, and Tristan. Kalisch again appeared in Tristan and Isolde at Paris and Cologne in 1901.
Bibliography of Jewish Encyclopedia
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Singer, Isidore; et al., eds. (1901–1906). "Kalisch Paul". Jewish Encyclopedia. New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.