Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Nov 22, 2014

Richard van Helvoirt-Pel (Baritone) (Harlem 1873 - Amsterdam 1950)

He made his debut quite young at the Old Dutch Opera as comprimario in the premiere of Simon van Milligen's ''Brinio'' (1889) and became the successor of Joseph Orelio their as first baritone. After this opera house was closed in 1903, he went first to Germany and then sang several years at the Opera House in Riga. In 1908 he guested at the Vienna Court Opera and was engaged by the Municipal Theater in Linz (Austria). In  the 1909-1912 and 1924-1925 seasons he sang at the Bayreuth Festival in R. Wagner's ''Lohengrin'' and ''Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg''. In 1914 he came back with the outbreak of the First World War to Holland and was to be heard in the 1915-1919 seasons at the Nationale Opera of Koopman as first heroic baritone distinguished himself above all as a gifted interpreter of R. Wagner's most important operas. After the First World War he was active at several Dutch opera societies, last with the Ko-operatie in Hague. He retired from the stage in 1929.

Chronology of some appearances

1889 Old Dutch Opera
1908 Vienna Court Opera
1909  Bayreuth Festival
1915 Nationale Opera of Koopman


Gramophone 1922
Tannhäuser (Wagner): O du, mein holder Abendstern  H 62010 973 as

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