Greatest Opera Singers

Greatest Opera Singers

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Hans Melms (Baritone) (Berlin 1869 – 1941 ?)

He made his debut in 1892 at the Hoftheater in Altenburg, Thuringia. In the 1893-1894 season he appeared at the Stadttheater in Wurzburg, then from 1894 to 1895 season at the Stadttheater in Olmütz. In the 1895-1897 seasons he sang at the Stadttheater in Chemnitz, from 1897 to 1898 at the Opernhaus in Cologne. In the 1898-1902 seasons he performed at the Stadttheater in Magdeburg, in the 1902-1904 seasons he appeared at the Hofoper in Vienna (beginning role: Tonio in ''Pagliacci''). In the 1904-1905 season he sang at the Nationaltheater in Berlin, then from 1905 to 1907 at the Volksoper in Vienna. From 1907 to 1909 seasons he appeared once more at the Hofoper in Vienna, then in the 1909-1910 sang at the Volksoper  in Vienna. From 1910 to 1914 he again performed at the Hofoper in Vienna. Since 1917 he lived in Berlin. later he appeared in films. During his career he appeared as a guest at the Opernhaus in Leipzig (1900), at the Hofoper in Munich (1901) and at the Deutschen Theater in Brünn (1903). His repertoire included Pizarro in ''Fidelio'', Hans Heiling in the opera of the same name by H. Marschner, hunter in "Nachtlager von Granada" by C. Kreutzer, Telramund in ''Lohengrin'', Wotan in "Walküre", Kurwenal in ''Tristan und Isolde'', Rigoletto, Count di Luna in ''Trovatore'', Nelusco in ''Africaina'',  Valentin in ''Faust'' and Wolfram in ''Tannhäuser''.

Chronology of some appearances

1892 Altenburg Hoftheater
1893-1894 Wurzburg Stadttheater
1894-1895 Olmütz Stadttheater
1895-1897 Chemnitz Stadttheater
1897-1898 Cologne Opernhaus
1900 Leipzig Opernhaus
1901 Munich Hofoper
1898-1902 Magdeburg Stadttheater
1903 Brünn Deutschen Theater
1902-1904 Vienna Hofoper
1904-1905 Berlin Nationaltheater
1905-1907 Vienna Volksoper
1907-1909 Vienna Hofoper
1909-1910 Vienna Volksoper
1910-1914 Vienna Hofoper


Odeon, Wien 1906/1907 Carmen (Bizet): Torerolied 38347Africana (Meyerbeer): Ballade des Nelusco 38353
Traviata (Verdi): Di Provenza 22016
Tannhäuser (Wagner): Wohl wusst' ich 51441
Guillaume Tell (Rossini): Terzett with Georg Maikl and Wilhelm Wissiak 38357

Pathé, Wien 1907?
Africaine (Meyerbeer): Ballade des Nelusko 38265

Pathé, Wien 1908?
Tannhäuser (Wagner): Wohl wusst' ich 38665
Trovatore (Verdi): Befreit, o welche Seligkeit with Maria Jeritza 38656
Mignon (Thomas): Schwalbenduett with Maria Jeritza 38666

Gramophone, Wien 1908
Traviata (Verdi): Hat dein heimatlches land 22853 12839u
Trovatore (Verdi): Ihres Auges 228541 2835u

Zonophone, Wien 1908
Tannhäuser (Wagner): O kehr' zurück X-22843
Tannhäuser (Wagner): Dir hohe Liebe X-22844

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