Adalbert Kraus

Adalbert Kraus (born 27 April 1937 in Aschaffenburg) is a German tenor in opera and concert, known for singing the works of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Adalbert Kraus
Born (1937-04-27) 27 April 1937
EducationHochschule für Musik Würzburg
OccupationClassical tenor


Adalbert Kraus first graduated in German studies, theology, and philosophy and in 1967, began to study voice at the Hochschule für Musik Würzburg with Henriette Klink-Schneider.[1]

He was a lyric tenor at the Staatsoper Hannover from 1970 to 1974. His roles included Andres in Berg's Wozzeck, Toni in Henze's Elegy for Young Lovers, and Lord Bucklaw in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor. He sang the role of Peter Iwanow in a 1976 recording of Albert Lortzing's Zar und Zimmermann with Lucia Popp as Marie, Karl Ridderbusch as van Bett, and Hermann Prey as Peter I.[2]

He frequently sang the tenor part in the complete recording of Bach cantatas and oratorios of Helmuth Rilling and the Gächinger Kantorei, also the Evangelist in his passions. In Bach's Easter Oratorio, he performed the tenor part of Simon Peter, singing with the bass (portraying John the Apostle) the first duet Kommt, eilet und laufet (Come, hasten and run).[3]

He also recorded rarely performed works such as Argenore of Markgräfin W. v. Bayreuth[4] or the Lukas-Passion of Georg Philipp Telemann.[5]

Adalbert Kraus was a teacher at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, the Würzburg College of Music, and a guest lecturer at both the Tokyo College of Music and the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart.[1]

He wrote books on religious and philosophical topics such as Die leuchtende Spur – Orientierung im 21. Jahrhundert[6] and Ein Gott – Eine Weltreligion.[7]

Selected recordings


  1. Adalbert Kraus on the bach-cantatas website
  2. Zar und Zimmermann on the operone website
  3. Bach: Easter Cantatas / Rilling ArchivMusic
  4. Markgräfin Wilhelmine von Bayreuth Concerto Bayreuth
  5. Lukas-Passion: (1744) Georg Philipp Telemann on the website of the Stanford State University
  6. Adalbert Kraus: Die leuchtende Spur. Orientierung im 21. Jahrhunder LIT Verlag (in German)
  7. Adalbert Kraus: Ein Gott - Eine Weltreligion LIT Verlag (in German)
  8. J. Haydn - Die Schöpfung-Creation Archived January 25, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
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