Death of a fine German baritone, 91

Death of a fine German baritone, 91


norman lebrecht

May 12, 2020

Jolanta Nicolai has reported to us the death of Claudio Nicolai, a mainstay of the opera in Cologne, where he was dubbed ‘the cavalier baritone.’

He sang 1,066 performances in the city.

Born Claus Hennecke, the son of an admiral in the German navy, he joined Cologne in 1964 and sang through to retirment in 1989.


  • Thomas Dawkins says:

    He did half a dozen Eisensteins for the MET’s Fledermaus two years before retiring. Tatiana Troyanos was the Orlovsky!

  • Pedro says:

    A great Count in Figaro. R.I.P..

  • Joel says:

    I am sorry about the death of Herr Nicolai… At the same time, I wanted to ask, why no mention in this blog regarding the death of the great american bass John Macurdy? He was born in 1929 and died only some days ago (May 7), and I think that his remarkable career and such a good voice deserved at least a post in Slipped Disc…