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Juan Luria (1862 – 21 May 1943) was a Polish baritone.[1]

Born Johannes Lorié, He studied with Joseph Gänsbacher in Vienna.[2] He performed with the Stuttgart Opera (then the Stuttgart Hofheater) in 1885, then at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City in the 1890-91 season. While in New York Luria sang the roles of Pizarro, Kurwenal, Alberich and Gunther, the American premieres of some little remembered operas such as Diana von Solange (January 9, 1891). Among other Metropolitan Opera appearances, he sang two Meyerbeer roles: De Nevers in Les Huguenottes[3] and Count Oberthal in The Prophet.[4] He sang in the Berlin Theater des Westens, Brussels Theatre de la Monnaie and the Dresden Hoftheater in 1884. In Italy he sang under the name Giovanni Luria in Genua and in La Scala 1893-94, creating the first Italian Wotan [5]

On retirement he turned to teaching. His students included Käthe Heidersbach, Elfriede Marherr, Michael Bohnen and the tenor Gotthelf Pistor.[6]

In 1937 he fled to the Netherlands, teaching in Amsterdam and Den Haag, but was caught, after the May 1940 invasion of the Netherlands by German forces and interned in a concentration camp. He was deported from Westerbork to Sobibor on May 18, 1943, at the age of 79, where he died on May 21, 1943.[7][8]

He recorded extensively for Favorite (Berlin, 1905–07), Pathé, Zonophone, Beka, Dacapo, Homochord, Pathé, Parlophon, and Anker. He recorded Jewish songs on Odeon.[9]

External links[edit | edit source]

Bibliography: http://www.bmlo.uni-muenchen.de/l1144/Juan_Luria

Recordings[edit | edit source]

  • Duet Fray Heymann-Engel, Juan Luria on Imperial Record
  • Tchaikowsky, Serenade of Don Juan, Odeon Records N. 51360[10]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Bio in Dutch, photo and mp3 ♪ Tchaikovsky - "Don Juan's Serenade", Op. 38/1 (in German; 1903) ♪
  2. Online Biography, http://www.78heaven.com/biographies-g---l.html, retrieved July 2013
  3. NY Times, Amusements, December 4, 1890
  4. NY Times, Amusements, December 20, 1890
  5. Giampiero Tintori, Cronologia: opere, balletti, concerti 1778-1977, Grafica Gutenberg Editrice, 1979 p. 51
  6. Opera Discovered by the late Juan Luria who trained him for Wagnerian roles, Pistor sang for several years in Cologne before going to Berlin.
  7. Online Lexicon : http://www.lexm.uni-hamburg.de/object/lexm_lexmperson_3190
  8. Jules Schelvis, Vernietigingskamp Sobibor, De Transportlijsten. De Bataafsche Leeuw, Amsterdam, 2001, p. 113.
  9. Rainer E. Lotz, Axel Weggen, Deutsche National-Discographie: Discographie der Judaica-Aufnahmen, Volume 1,Birgit Lotz, Dec 6, 2006
  10. You tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUMG9To5sdA

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