Born: November 26, 1870
Died: January 15, 1953
Gradually Knote's voice, which had begun as a light lyric tenor, grew in size and stamina. By 1900, he was able to undertake Manrico in Verdi's Il trovatore as well as heavy Wagner roles.
The seeds of Knote's international reputation as a top-flight exponent of Wagnerian operatic parts were planted in 1901 when he sang for the first time at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Although his debut season was not an unqualified success, he was later invited back by Covent Garden's management, appearing there again in 1903, 1907-08 and 1913.
Knote made his American debut at the Metropolitan Opera on 3 December 1904 in Die Meistersinger. So successful was he in this and other Wagner operas that during his three seasons with the Met company, his popularity was said to have rivalled that of the Met's star tenors Enrico Caruso and Jean de Reszke.
Surprisingly enough, Knote never sang at the Bayreuth Festival.
He retired from the operatic stage in Munich in 1932 and taught singing. At the age of 82, he died in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
Knote had a handsome stage presence and possessed a strong, smooth, resonant voice with a lively, but rarely intrusive, vibrato. He was additionally praised by music critics of the day for the clarity of his diction.
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