Kurt Moll died a couple of days ago, aged 78. I only found out yesterday, because something like that apparently isn’t newsworthy anymore, apart from niche publications. Greatest bass I’ve ever heard, and I’ve heard a lot. I’m normally not one for Youtube comments, but this sums up his Osmin quite well:
“That is the BEST fricking evil laugh in the history of ever. Epic! And then seeing a somewhat overweight man in a huge black beard and a nightgown bounching around the stage, acting and singing out his joy at seeing someone strangled, is just beyond hilarious. And Moll does all that while singing one of the most demanding bass arias there is, and makes it all look and sound so easy. I have seen and heard many good Osmins but no-one even comes close to Moll’s performance in my opinion.”
About to raid my parent’s “Deutsche Grammophon” vinyl stash.