Greatest Opera Singers

Greatest Opera Singers

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Adolf Wallnöfer (Tenor) (Wien 1854 – München 1946)

His father Franz Wallnöfer was a jeweler, who was also a concert and Lieder singer, who was well acquainted with the works of Franz Schubert, Gioacchino Rossini, Carl Maria von Weber und Frédéric Chopin. He studied singing with Luigi Lablache. He was considered a great interpret of Schubert's Lieder. Wallnöfer grew up in this musical environment. He studied composition and singing with O. Desoff and Krenn, then with Hans von Rokitansky. He appeared as Lieder singer in 1875. He probably made his stage debut in 1878 as baritone at the Stadttheater in Olmütz (Olomouc) as Luna. After he lived in Bayreuthwhere he studied Wagner singing. In 1880, he started to sing tenor roles and became one of the most known German and Wagner tenor of his time. Wallnöfer was also a respected Lieder singer and created several Lieder by Brahms, who composed them for him. Wallnöfer was also a composer who composed over 400 Lieder and ballads, choir works, piano pieces, chamber music, and one opera Eddystone (September 22, 1899 at the German Theatre in Prag). Since 1908, he lived in Munichas a composer and singing teacher. He published a book Resonanztonlehre (Berlin, 1911). He was married to the actress Marie Walter. He recorded for Beka and Favorit, all extremely rare records.

Chronology of some appearances

1881-82: Olmütz 1882-85: Stadttheater in Bremen1885-95: German Theatre in Prag 1882-83: Tour with Angelo Neumanns's wanderndem Wagner- Theater through several European nations. In 1888, Wallnöfer took part in Prag in the premiere of Die drei Pintos in the Mahler's version. 1895-96: MET 1896: Tour through Russiaafter he first appeared in 1889 with great succes in Saint Petersburg and Moscow. 1895-97: Stadttheater in Stettin. 1897-99: Opernhaus in Breslau. 1899-1905: Stadttheater in Nürnberg. 1905-06: Direktor of the Stadttheater in Rostock. 1906-07 and 1909-10: Wiener Volskoper. 1907-09: Graz. Until 1914, he appeared only as guest: Hofoper in Wien (1904-09, Radames (February 2, 1907), Eléazar (January 30, 1907), Otello May 3, 1907, total 3 times), Loge (March 14, 1904), Siegmund (November 7, 1906), Siegfried (S)( March 20, 1904), Siegfried (G)( December 7, 1909, total 2), Samson (May 24, 1907) , Tannhäuser (March 8, 1904), Tristan (February 23, 1907)), Hamburg (1898), Riga (1896, 1909) and Brünn (Brno, 1907).


Favorite, Wien 
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Vesti la giubba 1-25288
Lohengrin (Wagner): Lohengrin Abschied 1-25289
Lohengrin (Wagner): Lohengrin's Abschied 1-25282
Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner): Preislied 1-25294
Tannhäuser (Wagner): Dir, töne Lob 1-25299

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