Kurt Moll, who has died aged 78, was an imposing presence in any opera house; his height appeared greater than the 6ft 2in he claimed, his voice sounded deeper than the booming basso profundo he was billed as, and his personality exuded warmth and charm both on stage and off.
The “big man from Cologne” appeared at Bayreuth for a decade from 1968; at the Royal Opera in London he was seen in Weber’s Die Freischütz in 1977 and in Wagner’s Parsifal in 1979 and 1980 when, according to one critic, he supplied “a steady, warmly and musically sung, finely detailed Gurnemanz”.
He was renowned for his interpretation of Baron Ochs in Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, which he once described as “probably the hardest role in the bass repertory”, singing the part with Kiri te Kanawa at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and recording it on seven occasions.
Meanwhile, his Commendatore in Mozart’s Don Giovanni,...
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