Obituary: Austrian Baritone Rudolf Holtenau Dies at 88

By Dejan Vukosavljevic

Austrian baritone Rudolf Holtenau has died in Vienna on August 30, at the age of 88.

Holtenau, who born in Salzburg, sang a lots of role throughout his career, with an emphasis on Wagner operas.

Holtenau began his vocal studies in Linz, and then moved to Vienna where he finished his professional education. He debuted in Klagenfurt, and then went on to perform in Regensburg, Bielefeld, Essen and Graz, among others.

The Austrian baritone appeared a number of times at the Wiener Staatsoper, with his first appearance taking place in a production of Wagner’s “Der Fliegende Holländer.” He also performed the roles of Hans Sachs in “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg,” Amfortas in “Parsifal,” and Kurwenal in “Tristan und Isolde.” Holtenau also portrayed the central role of Jochanaan in Strauss’ “Salome.”

The Austrian baritone appeared on major stages around the world, including Gran Teatre del Liceu, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and La Monnaie in Brussels, among others.