Bayreuth Singers - First Series - Page 1

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Rudolf Berger: Czech tenor (1874-1915): Originally a baritone he changed to tenor after studying with Oscar Saenger in New York. He made his American debut (4 Feb 1914) at the Metropolitan Opera. He was married to soprano Marie Rappold. Seen here as Amfortas. Carl Braun. German bass (Meisenheim, Germany: 2 Jun 1886 - Hamburg: 24 Apr 1960). A pupil of the Berlin Imperial Opera. Sang with the Wiesbaden Royal Opera (1906-11), Vienna Imperial Opera (1911-12), Berlin City Opera (1912-14). Sang for many years at the Bayreuth Festivals (1906-31). Metropolitan Opera (1912-17), Berlin State Opera (1920-27). German bass Lorenz Corvinus (Frankfurt: 20 Jul 1870 - Vienna: 18 Jan 1952) as Fasolt. In 1894 he was singing in the choir at the Weimar Hofttheater. After 1900 he was singing opera in Berlin, Elberfeld, Strassburg, and Vienna. He sang at the Bayreuth Festivals from 1906-09. Corvinus also sang in Amsterdam, London, Mannheim, Cologne, and the Hofoper in Berlin. Swedish soprano Lily Hafgren-Waag (1884-1965) made her Bayreuth debut in the role of Freia (Das Rheingold), seen here. She was invited by Siegfried Wagner to the 1909 Festival, subsequently returning in 1911, 1912 and 1924. She was a favorite Elsa, and her Eva was highly praised by the Bayreuth critics. Her successes in Bayreuth led to contracts in Mannheim and Berlin. Alois Burgstaller: German tenor (1871-1945. He trained at the Bayreuth School under Julius Kniese and made his stage debut (1894) at the Bayreuth Festival in a small role. He was particularly noted for his portrayal of Siegfried. Burgstaller sang the first Parsifal at the Metropolitan Opera (1903), which drew considerable wrath from Cosima Wagner, who was trying to gain exclusive protection for the work. As a result, Burgstaller, as well as Anton van Rooy and conductor Alfred Hertz, were banned from any further performances at Bayreuth. Circa 1908. Dr. Otto Briesemeister (Arnswalde: 18 May 1866 - Berlin: July 1910) as Loge. He made his debut in 1893. He was invited by Cosima Wagner to sing Loge at the Bayreuth Festival of 1898. He returned frequently to the Festivals singing Loge, Siegfried, Lohengrin, and Siegmund. At one time he was under a provisional contract with the Metropolitan Opera, but never sang there. His last appearances were to have been at the Berlin Royal Opera but he was too ill to participate.
Hans Breuer [orig Johann Peter Joseph]: German tenor (1868-1929) The role of Wagner's Mime (seen here) was the mainstay of his career. Breuer attended the Cosima Wagner training school. He made his debut (1894) in Bayreuth in a small role.
Karl Burrian with Flower-Maidens
Karl Burrian: Tenor (Rousinov, Rumania: 1870 - Senomaty, near Prague: 1924): He made his debut (1891) at Brünn as Manrico in Il Trovatore. He was Herod at Dresden in the world premiere of Salome (9 Dec 1905). His voice was ruined when he accidentally drank a glass of disinfectant which he mistook for a prepared drink. Seen here as Parsifal (with Flower-Maidens), a role he sang at the 1908 Bayreuth Festival.
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