Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jan 3, 2014

Alfred Goltz (Tenor) (Emmendingen, Baden 1877 - Berlin 1937)


He was of Jewish origin and his real name was Alfred Goldschmidt. First he was trained as baritone and was active in this field till 1905. He appeared successfuly at the Municipal theatre of Nuremberg (1899-1900), then appeared at the Municipal Theatre of Regensburg (1900-1901), this followed by appearances at the Municipal Theatre of Koblenz (1901-02) . His other appearances was happened at the Municipal Theatre of Rostock (1902-03) and at the Municipal Theatre of Basel (1903-04). In the 1904-05 season he sang at the Municipal Theatre Mülhausen. Then he changed to tenor and was engaged to appear at the Opera House of Leipzig, whose member he remained till 1908. From 1908-10 he sang at the Court Opera of Stuttgart, in the 1910-12 seasons at the Court Theatre of Coburg. His career reached his climax after an engagement by the Deutschen Oper Berlin-Charlottenburg, to which he belonged up to his military service in 1917. After the end of the war he sang in the 1919-20 season at the National Theatre of Weimar. In 1909 he appeared in Stuttgart in the premiere of the opera ''Princess Brambilla'' of W. Braunfels. He made guest appearances in Dresden,  Brunswick, Wroclaw and Riga. The main emphasis of her repertoire are the works of R. Wagner - Erik in ''Fliegenden Holländer'',  Lohengrin, Siegmund in ''Walkure’’, Loge in ‘’Rheingold’’, Tristan, but also Arnoldo in Rossini’s  ‘’Wilhelm Tell’’, Turiddu in ‘’Cavalleria Rusticana’’, Canio in ‘’Pagliacci’’, Tamino in ‘’Magic flute’’ and Faust. Still in 1941 he lived in Berlin, but what happened after is remaining obscure. He died June 17, 1937 and is buried at Weissensee cemetery in Berlin.

Chronology of some appearances

Nuremberg Municipal Тheatre (1899-1900)
Regensburg  Municipal Theatre (1900-1901)
Koblenz Municipal Theatre (1901-1902)
Rostock Municipal Theatre (1902-1903)
Basel Municipal Theatre (1903-1904)
Mülhausen Municipal Theatre (1904-1905)
Leipzig Opera House (1906-1908)
Stuttgart Court Opera  (1908-1910)
Coburg Court Theatre  (1910-1912)
Deutschen Oper Berlin-Charlottenburg (1913-1917)
Weimar National Theatre (1919-1920)


Homocord, Berlin 1907-11-29
Evangelimann (Kienzl): Selig sind, die Verfolgung leiden 1825
Fliegende Holländer (Wagner): Mit Gewitter und Sturm 1826

Odeon, Berlin 1908/1909
Walküre (Wagner): Winterstürme wichen den Wonnemond 51651


  1. Alfred GOLDSCHMIDT died June 17, 1937 and is buried at Weissensee cemetery in Berlin

  2. Ashot, thanks! I looking for information abaut grand grandmother. She was a singer Opera in Berlin on 18905 until 1905 aprox. Her name was "Elisabeth Breul" and lives in Charlottemburg, Berlin.
    Do you have any information about her?

  3. I know Elisabeth Breul, who appeared from 1950's to 1970's and I have also her recordings, is it interested you?