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Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Otto Fanger (Tenor) (Braunschweig 1879 - Frankfurt a.M. 1933)
He studied at the Stern'sche conservatory in Berlinunder Nikolaus Rothmühl, then with Alberto Selva, the teacher of Edoardo Garbin. He began his stage career during the 1907-09 season at the Stadttheater in Lübeck and then sang from 1909 to 1912 at the Stadttheater in Krefeld, from 1912 to 1914 at the Theater in Königsberg (Ostprussia). In 1914, Fanger became a member of the Opernhaus in Frankfurt a.M. He stayed there as first Heldentenor until his death. He made following guest appearances: 1908 at the Deutschen Theater Prag, 1915 at the Hoftheater Karlsruhe, 1916 at the Hoftheater Stuttgart, 1917 and 1918 at the Opernhaus of Leipzig, 1917 at the Stadttheater in Zürich (als Tristan), 1919 at the Staatsoper Dresden, 1921 at the Stadttheater in Basel.During the first world war, he was drafted, however he could still sing from time to time in Frankfurt.He was praised as Wagner tenor: Parsifal, Rienzi, Tannhäuser, Lohengrin, Siegmund, Siegfried, and Walther. In 1930, Fanger sang his 100th Tristan in Frankfurt.His repertory included also: Florestan, Pedro, Matthias (‘’Evangelimann’’), Herodes, Kaiser (‘’Frau ohne Schatten’’), Robert le Diable, Raoul, Eléazar.On July 1, 1920, he took part as Chabel in the world premiere of ‘’Die ersten Menschen’’ by Rudi Stephan, who was killed during the war. He died suddenly in Frankfurt. He was very well liked in Frankurt so that thousands of people followed his coffin from the Opera House to the main cemetery of Frankfurt.