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Karl Elmendorff (1891 - 1962)


After initially studying philology, in 1913 Karl Elmendorff entered the Cologne Conservatory, where he became a conducting pupil of Fritz Steinbach and Hermann Abendroth. He made his professional conducting debut in 1916 at Düsseldorf, subsequently holding conducting posts as chief conductor at Mainz (1920–1923), Hagen (1923–1925) and Aachen (1924–1925); from 1925 to 1932 he was first conductor at the Munich State Opera as well as the Berlin State Opera. He made his debut at the Bayreuth Festival in 1927 conducting Tristan und Isolde, recording substantial extracts from this production for the Columbia company in the following year. At the Bayreuth Festival he conducted Der Ring des Nibelungen in 1930, 1931, 1933 and 1934, taking over the direction of the Columbia recording of Tannhäuser in 1930 when the contractual commitments of the production’s original conductor, Toscanini, prevented him making this recording; he appeared annually at the Bayreuth Festival between 1938 and 1942. Elmendorff moved to Kassel and Wiesbaden as chief conductor (1932–1935), then on to Mannheim (1935–1942), and also to Berlin, where he was chief conductor at the State Opera from 1939 to 1942.

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