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Rudolf Gerlach-Rusnak (Tenor) (Duboutz, Czernowitz 1895 – Munchen 1960)
Duke in ''Rigoletto''
His real name was Orest Rusnak. He was of Ukrainian descent and took part in the First World War as an officer of the Austrian-Hungarian army. He studied singing after his dismissal, at the Prague Conservatory under Eugene Fuchs. He debuted in 1923 at the Municipal Theater of Olmutz (Olomouc) as Rodolfo in ‘’La Boheme’’. He sang from 1924-26 at the Municipal Theater of Konigsberg. After additional study with Jacques Stuckgold in Berlin and with Lari in Milan, from 1926-1928 Gerlach-Rusnak became a solist of the Municipal Theater of Chemnitz. From 1928-30 he appeared at the Municipal Theater of Graz. In 1931 he was engaged by the Munich State Opera and appeared since then under the name Rudolf Gerlach-Rusnak. He formed his artistic name Rudolf Gerlach-Rusnak from his favorite hero - the Rudolf in ‘’La Boheme’’ and the family name of his wife Elisabeth Gerlach). Till 1938 he remained at the Munich Opera. He made guest appearances also in Canada, Poland, USA, Kharkov, Dnepropetrovsk and Zaporizhia (1930-1931).
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