Sunday, March 8, 2015
Walter Kirchhoff (Tenor) (Berlin 1879 – Wiesbaden 1951)
He studied with Lilli Lehmann and Robert Weiss. He made his debut (1906) at the Berlin Imperial Opera as Faust. He was particularly noted as a Wagnerian singer. As Walter von Stolzing (seen here) in a 1913 Meistersinger at
Covent Garden, The Times said, "Mr. Kirchhoff gives what one so rarely gets in a Wagnerian tenor, a combination of vocal power and manly personality, which is essential to a satisfactory representation." Kirchhoff sang at the 1911-14 Bayreuth Festivals, during which time he also served as the chief administrative assistant to the Crown Prince of Germania.
Chronology of some appearances
Kirchhoff, Walter, t, 17. 3. 1879 Berlino, †26. 3. 1951
Lohengrin 2/1/1927, Siegfried 3/1/1927, Alfonso 11/15/1927, Parsifal 4/3/1928, Menelas 11/13/1928, Tannhäuser 1/8/1929, Lohengrin 1/22/1929, 11/12/1929, Tannhäuser 1/21/1930, Erik 12/2/1930, Pietro 1/6/1931 (Filadelfia) Wiesbaden
RECORDINGS FOR SALE
Beka, Berlin 1906-10?
Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner): Morgenlich leuchtend 7215
Lohengrin (Wagner): Mein lieber Schwan! (Abschied) 7216
Widmung (Schumann) 7218