Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jul 13, 2015

Adolf Löltgen (Loeltgen) (Tenor) (16. April 1881 Remscheid, † 29. Mai 1968 Dresden)



He received his education at the Berlin Conservatory under Nikolaus Rothmühl. Later, at Milan, he was a pupil of Giuseppe Borgatti. In 1908 he made his debut at the  Stadttheater in Barmen as Siegmund in "Walküre". In 1930 he began work in Dresden as a vocal pedagogue. His son, Friedemann Loeltgen, was a musical pedagogue and conservatoire manager. His repertoire included Tristan, Lohengrin, Siegfried, Otello, Radames in ‘’Aida’’, Manrico in ‘’Trovatore’’ etc.

 Chronology of some appearances

1908-1911 Barmen Stadttheater
1911-1915 Dresden Hofoper
1915-1922 Breslau  Opernhaus
1916-1930 Mannheim  Nationaltheater


Vox, Berlin
Die Berge glüh'n im Sonnenschein (Bohm) 3363 1617B


  1. Dear Mr. Arakelyan,
    I'm the great-grandson of Adolf Loeltgen. If you want to come in contact with me, please just let me know.
    All the best,
    Philipp Sonnemann

    1. Dear Mr. Sonnemann,
      My name is Tomas Brojir, I live in Hejnice in the Liberec Region (Czech Republic) and I would like to ask you for help in finding the descendants of one important resident (genus) from Hejnice.
      Local enthusiast historian Milan Votava got the idea to "adopt" old graves, which no one goes to and take care of them, so that these residents Hejnice remember. I liked the idea a lot and so I adopted the grave of Maximilian Hitschmann and his wife Eleonora. Since Maximilian was an important citizen of Hejnic, a merchant, distiller, co-founder of a local fire brigade, I decided to start searching for his offspring, the peak of my effort would be to find and contact the living descendants of Maximilian. Unfortunately, I found that, given the Jewish faith, the fate of most of his descendants during WWII was very sad.
      I found out that his granddaughter Elisabeth (Alzbeta) Loeltgen (born Schulhof 1890-1943) was the wife of your great-grandfather and they had a daughter Lillebit born in 1917.
      May I ask if Lillebit was your grandmother?
      I'd love to find living descendants of Maximilian Hitschmann.
      Tomas Brojir