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Karl Ridderbusch (1932 - 1997)

Karl Ridderbusch studied to become an engineer, with the intention of working in the brick works owned by his father. When he entered an amateur singing competition organized by the Herzog Film Company in Düsseldorf however, he was heard by the tenor Rudolf Schock, who immediately recognized his natural talent. Schock paid for further study: Ridderbusch enrolled at the Folkwang Music High School in Essen where he was a pupil of Clemens Kaiser-Breme. He made his operatic stage debut in 1961 at Münster, Westphalia, where his roles included Philip II / Don Carlo and the Commendatore / Don Giovanni. Between 1963 and 1965 he was a member of the Essen Opera where he extended his repertoire to include many of the major bass roles of Verdi, Wagner and Richard Strauss.




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