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BERND ALDENHOFF, Tenor, * 14 June 1908 Duisburg, † 08 October 1959 München.

German Heldentenor.
Bernd Aldenhoff was not only one of the last heldentenors, but also one of the most interesting. Knappertsbusch called him the most “human heldentenor” of his time. As an interpreter, Aldenhoff was, without a doubt, the most precise and sensitive Wagner tenor of his generation. He died in Munich on 08 October 1959 at the peak of his career from food poisoning.

 

as Parsifal

as Tannhäuser 1940

as Tannhäuser Dresden

as Tannhäuser

as Siegfried (collection G&K)

as Siegfried Bayreuth 1952

as Siegfried with Varnay Bayreuth 1952

as Siegfried with Dick Zürich 1959

as Siegfried with Kuen Bayreuth 1952

as Siegmund

as Otello Köln 1957

as Otello Dresden

as Otello

as Pedro (?) Dresden

as ? Dresden

as Max (?) Dresden

as Herodes München 1955

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Portrait Bayreuth 1952 (by courtesy of Hanny Kopetz)

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2013 in Tenors

 

ANNA ZODER, Soprano, * 15 July 1882 Wien, † (?);

She was trained by the educator Adolf Limlay in Vienna and by Teresa Arkel in Milan singer. In 1905 she began her career with an engagement at the City Theatre of Zurich. From there she was hired in 1908 at the Court Opera in Dresden. Here she sang on 01/25/1909 at the premiere of the opera “Elektra” by Richard Strauss, the match of the 4th Maid. After the termination of their contract in Dresden in 1911 occurred only gas tierend. She appeared as a guest inter alia at the Court Opera in Vienna (1909 as Isolde in “Tristan” and as Leonore in “Fidelio”), the court theaters of Karlsruhe, Brunswick and Weimar, the city theater of Zurich 1911 (as Isolde) Main and at the Opera House of Frankfurt undertook concert tours to Romania and Denmark. Her repertoire for the stage was extensive and included inter alia Aida, the Amelia in Verdi’s “Masked Ball”, the Valentine in the “Huguenots” by Meyerbeer, Norma, Leonore in “Fidelio”, the Venus in “Tannhauser” that Goetz Katharina in “The Taming of the Shrew” by H. that. Martha in “lowland” of d’Albert, the Countess in “the Marriage of Figaro”, the Brünnhilde as Sieglinde in Nibelungenring and Rachel in “La Juive,” by Halévy After she married the writer Otto Schabbel, she lived in Munich, where she was then also pedagogical activities (as an educator it is mentioned there in 1934).

as Isolde

as Isolde

as Brünnhilde Zürich (Collection G&K)

as Brünnhilde Zürich (Collection G&K)

as Fielio Zürich (Collection G&K)

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Posted by on January 24, 2013 in Sopranos

 

CHRISTA-MARIA ZIESE, Soprano * 13 July 1924 Aschersleben † 22 January 2012 in Meiningen)

German singer, opera singer and music educator.

as Elsa with E. Gruber Leipzig Aug. 1958

as Senta with Spisar Komische Opera Berlin Feb. 1962

as Fidelio Leipzig

as Fidelio Leipzig

as Salome with Bey and Bürbmann Lepzig Mar. 1956

as Preziosilla Leipzig 1949

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2013 in Sopranos

 

SOPHIE WOLF, Soprano, * 27 July 1880 Colmar im Elsaß, † 29 March 1938 Seefeld (Tirol);

She was a student of the famous Aglaya Orgéni. In 1906 she began her career at the City Theatre of Halle (Saale), where she was employed until 1909. In 1909-1921 she was a member of the opera house in Cologne. She continued her career in 1921-1925 continued at the City Theatre of Duisburg and decided it with an engagement at the Municipal Theatre (Opera House) from Nuremberg 1925-30. Guest performances were the name of the singer known internationally. In 1907 she was a guest at the Court Theatre of Mannheim, 1908 at the Court Opera in Dresden, in 1910 and 1911 at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels. In 1910 she sang in the Rotterdam Sieglinde in ‘Valkyrie’, 1913 at the Covent Garden Opera House in London, the Marschallin in one of the first performances of “Der Rosenkavalier” in this house. At the Bayreuth Festival of 1914, she was heard as Wellgunde and as the third Norn Nibelungenring. In 1917 she sang as a guest at the Opera House of Frankfurt aM, 1921 at the Teatro Liceo in Barcelona, in 1926 at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. She was particularly successful in the State Opera of Vienna, where she performed in 1922 and 1926-28 as hospitable. In 1925 she worked at the city theater in Duisburg in the world premiere of the opera “A Dream Play” by Julius Weismann as Indra’s daughter. From its wide-ranging repertoire stage were the highlights as Elsa in “Lohengrin”, the Isolde in “Tristan”, Kundry in “Parsifal” that Leonore in “Fidelio”, in Chrysothemis in “Elektra” by Richard Strauss, the Ariadne called the “Ariadne auf Naxos,” the Empress of “Frau ohne Schatten” and the title character in ‘Mona Lisa’ by Max von Schillings.

Recordings of the singer are not known.

as Isolde Köln 1918 (Collection G&K)

as Isolde Köln 1918

as Kundry (by courtesy of Hanny Kopetz)

as Wellgunde with Bruntsch and Finger “Rheingold” Bayreuth 1914 (Collection G&K)

as Wellgunde with Bruntsch (close-up)

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Posted by on January 22, 2013 in Sopranos

 

MARIE WITTICH, Soprano, * 27 May 1868 (nach anderen Quellen 1862) Gießen, † 04 August 1931 Dresden;

German operatic soprano.
She was a Kammersängerin of the Dresden Royal Opera where she sang for 25 years and was known for the power, vibrancy and dramatic quality of her voice.[2] She created the leading female roles in the world premieres of several operas, most famously, the title role in Salome by Richard Strauss. The novelist E. M. Forster, who saw her 1905 Dresden performance as Brünnhilde in Der Ring des Nibelungen, wrote: “She towered. She soared. Force, weight, majesty! She seemed to make history.

 

 as Isolde Bayreuth 1906 (Collection G&K)

as Isolde

 as Isolde Bayreuth 1906

as Isolde Bayreuth 1906 (Collection G&K)

as Isolde Bayreuth 1906

as Isolde Bayreuth 1906

as Isolde Bayreuth 1906 (Collection G&K)

as Isolde Bayreuth 1906

as Isolde Bayreuth 1906 (Collection G&K)

as Isolde Bayreuth 1906 (Collection G&K)

as Isolde Bayreuth 1906 (Collection G&K)

as Brünnhilde Dresden 1911

as Brünnhilde (Collection G&K)

as Kundry Bayreuth 1901 (Collection G&K)

as Kundry Bayreuth 1901

as Kundry Bayreuth 1901

as Sieglinde (Collection G&K)

as Sieglinde Bayreuth

as Sieglinde Bayreuth 1906

as Sieglinde 1901 (Collection G&K)

as Sieglinde with Heidkamp and Kraus Bayreuth 1901

as Ortrud Dresden 1911 (Collection G&K)

as Ortrud Dresden 1911 (Collection G&K)

as Elisabeth Dresden 1911

as Elsa

as Elsa Dresden

as Eva

as Eva

as Fidelio Dresden 1909 (Collection G&K)

as Salome Dresden 1905

as Salome (Premiere)Dresden 1905 (Collection G&K)

as Salome (Premiere) Dresden 1905

as Salome (Close-Up)

as Salome with Schuh, Sembach and Strauss Dresden 1905

as ?

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Posted by on January 21, 2013 in Sopranos

 

HELENE WERTH, Soprano, * 03 March 1910 Bonn, † 1987 Hamburg;

She completed the study singing at the Music Academy of Cologne. The singer began her stage career in 1931 at the State Theatre in Wiesbaden. Later she came to the municipal theater of Kaiserslautern, and she sang 1937-1938 at the City Theatre of Ulm. In 1938 guest performance at the State Opera of Hamburg as Aida, Tosca and Santuzza in “Cavalleria Rusticana,” to which she was engaged at this opera house. Here she found her true artistic home and remained until her departure from the stage 1963 Member of the House, where it stood at more than 800 performances on stage. She was made an honorary member of the Hamburg State Opera. By the outbreak of World War II a great international career of the singer was prevented, but she was next to her work in Hamburg notable successes during their tour of Germany’s leading opera houses, they sang 1953 at the Municipal Opera Berlin Kundry in “Parsifal”, 1957 in Dusseldorf Brünnhilde in “Ring of the Nibelung.” 1952 and 1956 she was with the Hamburg ensemble as a guest in England, where she performed both at the Edinburgh Festival. She has since appeared in 1952 at the Covent Garden Opera in London as Amelia in Verdi’s “Ballo in Maschera”, also at the Vienna State Opera, the Paris Grand Opera, the Teatro Liceo in Barcelona and at the Opera House of Zurich appeared as a guest. First and foremost, it was Wagner soprano, but contained her extensive stage repertoire numerous roles from the dramatic soprano roles such as Donna Anna in “Don Giovanni”, the Tosca, Aida, Amelia in “Un Ballo in Maschera” by Verdi, the Leonore in “La forza del destino”, the Marschallin in “Rosenkavalier”, the Dyer’s Wife in “Die Frau ohne Schatten” that Leonore in “Fidelio” and the Countess in “The Marriage of Figaro” to concert soprano as she had a successful career. She later worked as a teacher in Hamburg.

After the singer had sung unfortunately no official records, was finally on melodrama an integral recording of the “Flying Dutchman,” published in which she sings Senta; here is the recording of a program of the North German Radio Orchestra under Wilhelm Schüchter. On the same brand she sings, again in a radio recording from 1950, the queen of the earth spirits in “Hans Heiling” by Heinrich Marschner.

as Isolde (by courtesy of Peter Giljum)

as Isolde Hamburg 1953

as Isolde with Malaniuk Zürich 1951

as Isolde with Malaniuk and Lechleitner Zürich 1951

 as Isolde with Beirer Hamburg 1960

as Isolde with Cencel Hamburg (by courtesy of Christopher Lacy)

as Isolde with Cencel Hamburg (by courtesy of Christopher Lacy)

as Brünnhilde Berlin 1954 (Collection G&K)

as Brünnhilde Berlin 1954 (by courtesy of Peter Giljum)

as Sieglinde Berlin (by courtesy of Peter Giljum)

as Sieglinde Berlin (by courtesy of Peter Giljum)

as Sieglinde

as Venus with LechleitnerZ ürich 1952 (Collection G&K)

as Venus with Lechleitner Zürich 1952

as Venus with Lechleitner Zürich 1952

as Amelia with Watson “Ballo”Covent Garden London

as Tosca (Collection G&K)

as Tosca with ReulandZürich 1951 (Collection G&K)

as Tosca with Reuland Zürich 1951(Collection G&K)

as Arabella Berlin

as ?

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Posted by on January 20, 2013 in Sopranos

 

MARION WEED, Soprano, * 1870 Rochester (New York), † 23 June 1947 New York;

She appeared in her first American home as a church singer in appearance, but then turned into an intense study singing. It was in Berlin’s famous student Lilli Lehmann and began her stage career in 1896 at the Opera House of Cologne, where she was employed for two years. By 1896, she performed at the Festival of Bayreuth and sang Freia in “Das Rheingold.” In 1898 she moved to the Municipal Theatre (Opera House) from Hamburg, where it was until 1903 as an interpreter of the great Wagnerian roles their voting compartment very successful. She sang here the Senta in “The Flying Dutchman,” the Elisabeth in “Tannhauser”, the Brünnhilde in “Valkyrie”, but also the Aida, Leonore in “Fidelio” and Leonora in “Il Trovatore.” In 1899 she starred in the Hamburg premiere of “Circe” of August Bungert. In 1903 she came to the Metropolitan Opera in New York City (first role: Brünnhilde in “Valkyrie”), where she sang in the following years until 1908 Kundry in “Parsifal”, Isolde in “Tristan und Isolde” and Venus in “Tannhauser “the mother in” Hansel and Gretel “and Orlowsky in the” bat “, total (in their New York home) in five seasons, 17 games in 70 performances. In 1910 she toured again at the Hamburg Opera as Isolde, and she was listening to at that time also at the Court Theatre of Hanover. Upon completion of her stage career, she devoted herself to vocal pedagogy and worked many years at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester. Most recently, she lived in New York.

Records her voice does not seem to be present.

as Isolde Hamburg 1903 (by courtesy of Peter Giljum)

as Waltraute

as Freia Bayreuth 1899

as Freia Bayreuth 1899

as Freia with Burgstaller Bayreuth 1899

as Freia with Elmblad and Keller Bayreuth 1899

as Walkyrie with Gulbranson and others Bayreuth 1899

as Rossweisse with Brandis (close-up) Bayreuth 1899

as Rossweisse with Walkyries Bayreuth 1899

as Rossweisse with Brandis (close-up) Bayreuth 1899

as Kundry

as ?

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Posted by on January 20, 2013 in Sopranos

 
 
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