Greatest Opera Singers

Greatest Opera Singers

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Max Hirzel (Tenor) (Zürich 1888 - Zürich 1957)


Max Hirzel was born on October 18th., 1888 in Zürich. He was practically connected all his life to Dresden, where he studied singing with Dora Erl. He had to leave Dresdenin 1937 because of the political climate. In 1926, Hirzel sang in the world premiere at Dresden of Hindemith's Cardillac. During 1925-29, Hirzel recorded in Dresden for Grammophon and Parlophon. During 1935-36, Hirzel sang in Vienna. Hirzel appeared with success at Covent Garden, where he sang Tamino and Lohengrin. In Switzerland, he sang at the beginning (1917-22?) and at the end of his career in Zürich. He taught singing in Zürich after retiring. Hirzel died in Zürich on May 12th., 1957.

Chronology of some appearances

1917-1922? Switzerland
1935-1936 Vienna


Parlophon, Berlin 1924-11-28
Lohengrin (Wagner): Gralserzahlung P1834 2-7733
Lohengrin (Wagner): Mein lieber Schwan (Abschied) P1834 2-7735

Odeon, Berlin 1930-06-17
Trovatore (Verdi): Miserere with Vera Schwarz & chorus O-6841 xxB8489
Madama Butterfly (Puccini): Willst du nun endlich mir sagen with Vera Schwarz O-6780 xxB8490
Madama Butterfly (Puccini): Wer in euren Landen with Vera Schwarz O-6780 xxB8491
Tosca (Puccini): Mein lieber Freund with Vera Schwarz O-6767
Tosca (Puccini): Wen stellt jene blonde Dame da vor with Vera Schwarz O-6767 xxB8493

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