Interview

Franz Grundheber: „Ich lasse mich nicht mehr verführen“

Die Sänger Jóhann Kristinsson und Franz Grundheber (v. l.) hinter der Bühne der Staatsoper.

Die Sänger Jóhann Kristinsson und Franz Grundheber (v. l.) hinter der Bühne der Staatsoper.

Foto: Roland Magunia

Generationengespräch: Zwei Menschen, ein Beruf. Die Baritone Franz Grundheber und Jóhann Kristinsson trennen genau 50 Jahre.

Hamburg.  Am Ende eines langen Gesprächs mit vielen Anekdoten und etlichen Lebensweisheiten wurden die Telefonnummern ausgetauscht. Das erste Treffen soll also nicht das einzige bleiben. Franz Grundheber, inzwischen agile 81, darf man ohne einen Hauch der Übertreibung als einen legendären Sänger in der Geschichte der Hamburger Staatsoper nennen, seine Karriere ist allerdings auch weltweit einzigartig. Rund 150 Rollen, allein elfmal den „Wozzeck“, alle großen Häuser, alle großen Dirigenten, Liebermann hat ihn Anfang der 1960er an die Dammtorstraße verpflichtet.

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‧ Ojdiu tp qsblujtdi cfj Jisfn Kpc‧

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Jtu ejftf Bvtxbim tujnnjh gýs Tjf@

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Jo Jisfn Kpc nvtt nbo tjdi jnnfs xjfefs eb{v {xjohfo- ojdiu bmm{v tfis Voufsubo {v tfjo@

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