The German baritone, Karl-Heinz Lippe was born in 1927 in Hagen, where he started his career in 1953 at the Stadttheater (City Theatre). After a short trip to Dortmund he made Essen his home both artistically and personally. In 1956 he became the first lyric baritone at the Städtischen Bühnen there. Until 1993 he performed roles such as Wolfram in Tannhäuser, Germont in La Traviata, Figaro in The Barber of Seville or Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte. Besides the opera, his great love was the German Lieder, and he also appeared in concerts.
Although filled artistic, Karl-Heinz Lippe volunteered his time for older people, took many other colleagues on board. He organized 900 concerts in 40 years with the help of his wife Anita. For his outstanding achievements he received the title of Kammersänge and the Bundesverdienstkreuz (Order of Merit).