Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jul 21, 2015

Alois Burgstaller (Tenor) (22. September 1871 in Holzkirchen, Bayern; † 19. April 1945 in Gmund am Tegernsee, Bayern)


First he specialized in watchmaking. His voice was discovered by Hermann Levi and Cosima Wagner. He studied singing under Eduard Bellwidt in Frankfurt a. M. and perfected his vocal technique also at the Bayreuth school with Julius Kniese. In 1894 he made his debut at the Bayreuth Festival as Heinrich der Schreiber in ‘’Tannhäuser’’ and as  1. Gralsritter in ‘’Parsifal’’. Later he workedas vocal pedagogue in Munich.

Chronology of some appearances

1894 Bayreuth Festival Tannhäuser (Tannhäuser)
1894 Nürnberg Stadttheater Siegfried (Siegfried)
1896-1902 Bayreuth Festival Parsifal Rheingold (Froh)
1896-1897 Bayreuth Festival Die Walküre (Siegmund)
1897 Berlin Hofoper
1897 Amsterdam Opernhaus
1899-1902 Bayreuth Festival Siegfried (Siegfried)
1899 Bayreuth Festival Parsifal (Parsifal)
1899 Amsterdam Opernhaus
1900 Zürich Siegfried (Siegfried)
1901 Bayreuth Festival Fliegenden Holländer (Erik)
1902 Bayreuth Festival Parsifal (Parsifal)
1903-1910 München Hofoper
1903-1909 New York Metropolitan Opera Die Walküre (Siegmund)
1906 London Covent Garden Fliegenden Holländer (Erik)
1906 London Covent Garden Tristan und Isolde (Tristan)
1906 Paris Wagner concert
1907 Paris Wagner concert
1908 Bayreuth Festival Die Walküre (Siegmund)
1909 Bayreuth Festival Siegfried (Siegfried)


Columbia cylinders, New York 1906?
Lohengrin (Wagner): Erzählung 85077

Edison 2-min cylinders, New York 1906?
Don Giovanni (Mozart): Ein Band der Freundschaft B25
Freischütz (Weber): Durch die Wälder B31
Fliegende Holländer (Wagner): Willst jenes Tag's B45

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