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Career Highlights

Tom Krause can look back on more than 50 years of experience as one of the leading international baritones of his generation, during which time he worked with most of the greatest singers, directors, conductors and orchestras in the world.

1950s

1956
Interrupts medical studies in Helsinki to study music†and singing at the†Music†Akademie in Vienna

1958
Makes his highly successful debut recital in Helsinki

1959
Engaged by the Opera in West Berlin

1960s

1960
Records the role of Kurnewal in Tristan und Isolde with†Birgit Nilsson under Georg Solti

1962
Appears in Bayreuth Festival and is engaged by the Hamburg Opera. This†engagement is continued over†30 years

1963
Performs the War Requiem by Benjamin Britten in Albert Hall, London, conducted by†the composer. Britten†recommends him for the American premiere of the work,†which takes place in Tanglewood, and subsequent performances in Boston, New†York,†Minneapolis and Seattle

1965
Extensive recital tour on the U.S.A. and Canada. Debut at La Scala in Milan, Italy

1967
Metropolitan Opera debut in Mozartís Le Nozze de Figaro.

1968
Performs the title role in Don Giovanni under Herbert Von Karajan at the Salzburg Festival. This leads to repeat Salzburg performances in opera, concert and recital in†the subsequent 30 years

1969
Concerts and recording of Elijah by Mendelssohn with the Philadelphia Orchestra†under Eugene Ormandy andcConcert at Carnegie Hall, Mahlerís Knaben Wunderhorn wt Janet Baker and Steinberg

Tom Krause & Rosalind Elias, Cosi Fan Tutte 1970s

1970
Debut at Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires as Conte Almaviva wt Gundula Janowitz, Teresa†Berganza, and Reri Grist. First American performance of the Shostakovich XIII Symphony and recording with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy.

1971
Samuel Barber composes the Cantata The Lovers for Baritone, Chorus and Orchestra for Tom Krause and the work is premiered with the Philadelphia Orchestra†under Eugene Ormandy

1972
Opens the Metropolitan Opera season in Carmen with Marilyn Horne, conducted by Leonard Bernstein. The recording earns prizes and critical acclaim. Chicago Lyric Opera debut in Cosi Fan Tutte by Mozart. Films and records Stravinskiís Oedipus Rex with the Boston Symphony conducted by Leonard Bernstein.

1973
Concert at Carnegie Hall, New York, Prince Igor (Concertant). Performs at the reopening of the Paris Opera under Solti and Strehler. This leads to regular appearances over the next 9 years, Remaining a leading artist at the Paris Opera and Opera Bastille until 2001.

1976
Performs the role of Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro in a new production for the Vienna State Opera under Herbert Von Karajan. Repeats his performance of the role in the commercial recording

1978
Performs in a new production of Carmen at the Edinburgh Festival with Berganza and Domingo under Abbado.

1979
Recital of Schubertís Winterreise in New York

almaviva 1980s

1980
Opens a new production of the Tales of Hoffmann with Domingo at Cologne Opera

1981
Sings Conte Almaviva in Mozartís The Marriage of Figaro at the San Francisco Opera which leads to regular performances in many productions for next 16 years

1985
Performs King Phillip in Verdiís Don Carlos at†Savonlinna Summer Festival

1986
Performs Amonasro in Verdiís Aida at Savolinna Summer Festival

1988
German premiere of Liebermannís Der Wald at the Schwetzingen Festival

1989
Visiting Professor, Sibelius Academy, University of Helsinki

1990s

1990ís
Masterclasses at AVA & Curtis music Academies

1991
Sings the world premiere at the Salzburg festival of the opera Mozart in New York, by Eder

1993
Opens a new production of the Queen of Spades with the Paris Opera. Performs Escamillo in Bizetís Carmen for the opening of the new Finnish Opera

1994
Professor at the Hochschule fŁr Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Hamburg

1998
Opens a new production of St. Francis of Assisi by Messiaen, with Peter Sellars, at the Salzburg Festival

2000s

2000
Opens a new production of The Tales of Hoffman at the†Paris Opera, conducted†by James Conlon

2001
Performs, with Placido Domingo, the opera Parsifal at the Paris Opera

2002
Performs Moses in Moses and Aaron at the Teatro†Massimo in Palermo. Return engagement with the Helsinki National Opera in La Fanciulla del West. Heads vocal department at the Escuela Superior de†Musica, Reina Sofia, Madrid

2003
Receives Honoris Clausis (Honorary Doctorate) from Sibelius Acadmey, Universtiy of Helsinki. Masterclasses at Merola Music Program, San Francisco

2000 - Present:
Masterclasses at AVA (Philadelphia), Curtis, (Philadelphia); Throughout Europe (ie Mozarteum, Salzburg, Academie de Music, Villecroze, Savonlinna Music Academy, )Turkey, Middle East, Japan