Died: June 17, 1972
Salzburg hired him for the years 1932-39, where he had made his debut in Der Rosenkavalier and he was highly successful in Cairo in 1933 as Radames in Aida. He was also an eminent interpreter of Wagner's operas and sang Parsifal at Bayreuth in 1934 and 1936. The latter year he also made his Covent Garden debut and sang at theatres in Milano, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Brussels, Amsterdam, Munchen, Hamburg and Dresden.
"With a steely voice, brilliant high notes and insistent declamation,"¹ Roswaenge was an impressive Andrea Chenier as well as an acclaimed and exciting Otello. Although he never performed the latter role on stage, he was often heard as the jealous stricken Moor on German radio. He was furthermore known as The Knight of the High D.
Shortly after the 2nd World War, he was abducted in Berlin and deported to Russia. Following his release, he settled down in Wien and established himself as an engineer in the chemical industry. Yet, singing was very much at the core of his heart, and he resumed his career in 1949 at the Volksoper and the Staatsoper in Wien.
With the increasing tendency to only perform opera in its original language towards the end of the 1950s, Roswaenge's engagements diminished and among his last successes count the operettas and recialts organized in New York's Carnegie Hall and the Madison Square Garden in 1963 and 1964.
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