Alexander Kipnis


Schubert Club Performance: April 11, 1944

Alexander Kipnis

Artist note by Richard Evidon

A Ukraine-born artist who was forced by the Nazis to abandon his flourishing European career, Alexander Kipnis emigrated to the US after the annexation of Austria in 1938 and sang regularly at the Metropolitan from 1940 until his retirement in 1946. Universally acknowledged as one of the outstanding basses of all time, Kipnis was celebrated in opera and as a recitalist, as comfortable in Mozart as in Wagner.

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