Herbert Ernst Groh

Herbert Ernst Groh (27 May 1905  28 July 1982) was a popular Swiss tenor.

Groh was born in Lucerne and subsequently studied in Zurich and Milan. One of his teachers was Carl Beines, who also taught Richard Tauber.

He began his operatic singing career in Darmstadt in 1926, with engagements following in Frankfurt and Cologne and a successful tour of Italy in 1927, where he also began to make his first recordings using the name of Ernesto Groh. He then started to appear on German radio and devoted himself to developing a career as a recording artist - also making films, but soon giving up the stage - a career that lasted well into the LP era of the 1950s.

He died in 1982 at Norderstedt, near Hamburg.

Critical appreciation

Like Marcel Wittrisch, Groh is inevitably compared to his contemporary Richard Tauber. According to Alan Blyth: "Groh . . . is fonder yet than Tauber of unwritten touches of quite exceptional delicacy, and surpasses his older coeval in sheer technical control."


A selection of Groh's recordings were released in 1990 by Pavilion Records on Pearl (GEMM CD 9419).


Year Film Role Notes
1933 Das Lied vom Glück
1934 Schön ist es verliebt zu sein
1939 Hochzeitsreise zu dritt
1940 Casanova heiratet
Die keusche Geliebte
1942 So ein Früchtchen


  • Blyth, Alan (1990), 'Herbert Ernst Groh' (liner notes) for Pavilion Records Limited
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