Hans Hopf impressive tenor 1916-1993

Hans Hopf impressive tenor 1916-1993

Hans Hopf made his debut in 1936 at the Bayerisches Landestheater and then sang in Augsburg as a lyrical tenor, but since he came to Dresden in 1942, he began to appear in heroic parties. In 1946-49 he was involved in the Deutsche Staatsoper in Berlin, after which he came to the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, which became the center of the rest of his career. He also guest starred on the big stages, among others. as Otello, Tristan, Siegfried and the Emperor in Die Frau ohne Schatten.

Hans Hopf impressive tenor 1916-1993

Hans Hopf (August 2, 1916, Nuremberg – June 25, 1993, Munich) was a German operatic tenor, one of the leading heldentenors of the immediate postwar period. He sang Walther von Stolzing in the Bayreuth Festival’s Die Meistersinger, every year from 1951 to 1955.

Hans Hopf studied in Munich with Paul Bender, and made his stage debut with a touring opera ensemble, as Pinkerton, in 1936. He then sang in Augsburg (1939–42), Dresden (1942–43), and Oslo (1943–44). He joined theBerlin State Opera in 1946, and the Munich State Opera, in 1949. He appeared in Bayreuth in 1951, as Walther, returning as Siegmund, Siegfried (in 1960), Tannhäuser, and Parsifal (in 1952).

At Bayreuth in 1951 he took part in a performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler. He sang Max at the Salzburg Festival in 1954. He made guest appearances in Milan, London, New York, and Buenos Aires. He sang both Siegfrieds in the early 1960s at Bayreuth, the Met, and elsewhere, recording Tannhäuser twice in 1960.

A singer with a sturdy and reliable voice, Hopf also won acclaim in a number of Italian operas notably Verdi’s Otello, and the Emperor in Die Frau ohne Schatten.

Selected recordings

  • Der Freischütz – Hans Hopf, Elisabeth Grümmer, Rita Streich, Alfred Poell, Kurt Böhme – Cologne Radio Chorus and Orchestra, Erich Kleiber – Cantus Classic (1955)
  • Il trovatore – Hans Hopf, Christel Goltz, Ira Malaniuk, Josef Metternich, Wilhelm Schirp – Cologne Radio Chorus and Orchestra, Ferenc Fricsay – Cantus Classic (sung in German, 1953)
  • Vespri siciliani – Hilde Zadek, Hans Hopf, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Gottlob Frick – Cologne Radio Chorus and Orchestra, Mario Rossi – Cantus Classic (sung in German, 1955)
  • Otello – Hans Hopf, Annelies Kupper, Ferdinand Frantz – Munich Radio Chorus and Orchestra, Eugen Jochum – Wallhall Eternity (sung in German, 1955)
  • Tosca – Leonie Rysanek, Hans Hopf, Josef Metternich – Bavarian Radio Chorus and Orchestra, Richard Kraus – Cantus Classic (sung in German, 1953)
  • Turandot – Christel Goltz, Hans Hopf, Teresa Stich-Randall, Wilhelm Schirp – Cologne Radio Chorus and Orchestra, Georg Solti – Cantus Classic (sung in German, 1956)

Bayreuth Festspiele

1951-66

Metropolitan Opera

[Met Performance] CID:159300
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {261}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/15/1952
Debuts: Hans Hopf, Richard Holm
Review
[Met Performance] CID:159360
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {262}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/22/1952
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:159470
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {264}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/2/1952
[Met Performance] CID:159540
Parsifal {184}
American Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 04/8/1952
Review
[Met Performance] CID:159580
Parsifal {186}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/12/1952
Broadcast
Review
[Met Performance] CID:161020
Lohengrin {492}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/15/1952
Debuts: Josef Greindl, Sigurd Björling, Arthur Budney
Review
[Met Performance] CID:161070
Lohengrin {493}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/20/1952
[Met Performance] CID:161110
Lohengrin {494}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/24/1952
[Met Performance] CID:161220
Lohengrin {495}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/5/1952
[Met Performance] CID:161250
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {266}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/8/1952
Review
[Met Performance] CID:161340
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {267}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/17/1952
[Met Performance] CID:161450
Lohengrin {496}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/27/1952
[Met Performance] CID:161500
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {268}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/2/1953
[Met Performance] CID:161580 Opera News
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {269}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/10/1953
Debut: Joseph Folmer
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:167020
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {272}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/11/1954
Debuts: Otto Edelmann, Kurt Böhme, Calvin Marsh
Review
[Met Performance] CID:167160
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {274}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/26/1954
[Met Performance] CID:167310
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {275}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/11/1954
Debut: Benjamin Wilkes
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:167480
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg {276}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/28/1954
[Met Performance] CID:186540  Opera News
Tannhäuser {379}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/17/1960
Debuts: Hermann Prey, Ada Brysac, Ethel Greene, Pamela Munson, Georg Solti
Broadcast
Review
[Met Performance] CID:186590
Tannhäuser {380}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/22/1960
[Met Performance] CID:186640
Tannhäuser {381}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/27/1960
[Met Performance] CID:186780
Tannhäuser {382}
American Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 01/10/1961
Review
[Met Performance] CID:186850
Tannhäuser {383}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/16/1961
Debut: Loretta Di Franco
Review
[Met Performance] CID:186940
Tannhäuser {384}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/25/1961
Debut: Eberhard Wächter
Review
[Met Performance] CID:187030
Tannhäuser {385}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/3/1961
[Met Performance] CID:187130
Tannhäuser {386}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/11/1961
[Met Performance] CID:189480
Götterdämmerung {180}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/9/1961
Review
[Met Performance] CID:189720
Siegfried {219} Ring Cycle [83] Uncut
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/2/1962
Review
[Met Performance] CID:189750
Götterdämmerung {181} Ring Cycle [84] Uncut
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/5/1962
[Met Performance] CID:189830 Opera News
Siegfried {220} Ring Cycle [84] Uncut
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/13/1962
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:189900
Götterdämmerung {182}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/19/1962
Review
[Met Performance] CID:189980  Opera News
Götterdämmerung {183} Ring Cycle [83] Uncut
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/27/1962
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:190000
Siegfried {221}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/29/1962
Review
[Met Performance] CID:196310
Götterdämmerung {185}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/14/1963
Review
[Met Performance] CID:196490
Götterdämmerung {187}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/4/1963
[Met Performance] CID:196590
Götterdämmerung {188}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/14/1963
Broadcast

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