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Giuseppe Kaschmann by Falk
Giuseppe Kaschmann (1847-1925); Croatian baritone.

He first studied law at the University of Padua, then vocal studies with Alberto Giovanni in Udine. In 1869 he made his debut at the Opera House of Zagreb, where he remained until 1873. In the following years he mainly appeared in Italy; at "La Scala" in Milan, at the "Teatro Costanzi" in Rome and at the other major theaters. During the years 1879/82 he had great success with tours through Spain and Portugal, especially at the "Teatro Real" in Madrid and at the "Teatro San Carlos" in Lisbon. In 1883 he was (for only one season) engaged by the "Metropolitan Opera" in New York. He made very successful guest appearances at London (Covent Garden), St. Petersburg, Warsaw, Monte Carlo, Cairo, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. At the Bayreuth Festival in 1892 and 1894 he performed Wolfram in "Tannhäuser" and Amfortas in "Parsifal". In 1892 he created the title role in Franchetti's opera "Cfistoforo Colombo" at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa. In the season 1895/96 he was engaged for the second time by the "Metropolitan Opera" in New York. Overall during two seasons at the "Metropolitan" he performed 12 different roles in 43 performances. As he grew older he started singing "buffo" roles; at the age of almost 70 he had a great success as Don Pasquale and as Bartolo. In 1922 he retired from the stage at the "Teatro Quirino" in Rome.