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Heinz Rehfuss (Bass-Baritone)

Born: May 25, 1917 - Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Died: June 27, 1988 - Buffalo, New York, USA

The German born, Swiss, and later American bass-baritone, Heinz (Julius) Rehfuss, studied with his father, Carl Rehfuss (1885-1946), a singer and a teacher, and with his mother, Florentine Rehfuss-Peichert, contralto. The family moved to Neuchâtel, and Rehfuss became a naturalized Swiss citizen.

Heinz Rehfuss made his professional debut in opera at Biel-Solothurn in 1938. The he sang with the Lucerne Stadttheater (1938-1939) and the Zürich Opera (1940-1952). He subsequently was active mainly in Europe and in America. He became a naturalized American citizen.

Heinz Rehfuss taught voice at the Montreal Conservatory in 1961 and in 1965 was on the Faculty of the State University of New York at Buffalo. In 1970 he was a visiting professor at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. He also toured Asia, giving vocal recitals in India and Indonesia. Heinz Rehfuss was successful mainly in dramatic roles, such as Don Giovanni and Boris Godunov, but he was also a gifted Bach singer.

Source: Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of 20th Century Classical Musicians (1997)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (May 2001); Manfred Krugmann (Photos 02-03, July 2011)

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Jean-Marie Auberson

Bass

BWV 57

Eduard van Beinum

Soprano

BWV 244

Theodor Egel

Bass

BWV 232 [NYR], BWV 245 [NYR]

Walter Goehr

Bass

BWV 232

Herbert von Karajan

Bass

BWV 232 [2nd]

Fritz Lehmann

Bass

BWV 248

Kurt Redel

Bass

BWV 142, BWV 243

Hermann Scherchen

Bass

BWV 244

André Vandernnot

Bass

BWV 80, BWV 104, BWV 245

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