By the will of the middle-class parents, he should take a proper job. Only when the machine Chief Petty Officer had been praised by Prince Henry of Prussia because of his vocal skills, he ventured into the singer 's career. After studying at the Conservatory Bernuthschen in Hamburg he made his debut in 1909 in Harburg, further commitments led him to Bremen, Hamburg and to the Court Theatre Kassel, where he met his wife, the soprano coloratura Vali of the East ( 1882-1923 ), and in 1916 married. From 1923 to 1945 he was a member of the Staatsoper Stuttgart. From 1919, he sang more and more heroic roles and became a great Wagnerian singer.
He was also a highly esteemed concert and lieder singer. In 1949 he gave his farewell concert in Stuttgart, in which his son Wolfgang Wind streets ( 1914-1974 ) participated, with songs by Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler, Hugo Wolf, among others After retiring from the stage, he worked at the Stuttgart Musikhochschule.