Descended from a family of musicians. His father was the bass/baritone Friedrich Heinrich Lissmann (1847-1894), his mother soprano Anna Marie Lissmann-Gutzschbach (1847-1928). His sister, Eva-Katharina Lissmann (1883-?), was a respectable concert singer. He studied in Leipzig and Dresden among other things under Arthur Nikisch and then worked as a conductor at different German theaters. Then he studied singing under Raimund von Zur, then trained with Ernesto Colli in Milan and till 1913 appeared at Italian operatic stages. In 1913 he came back to Germany and after a short career at the Hamburg Volksoper, he became for many years a principal lyric tenor of the Opernhaus in Leipzig (1914-1933). There he sang among other things in the premiere of the opera ‘’Revolutionshochzeit’’ by Eugene d'Albert (1919). In 1927 he appeared in the premiere of the opera ‘’Clavigo’’ of Max Ettinger. He gave successful guest performances in leading German theaters and was a highly respected concert singer. In Leipzig he often sang in the concerts. From 1923 to 1954 he taught singing at the conservatoire of Leipzig.
Parlophon, Berlin 1922-09-12
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