Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jul 22, 2015

Andreas Dippel (Tenor) (November 30, 1866 Kassel, Germania - May 12, 1932 Hollywood, California)



He was the son of a manufacturer. First he studied singing with Nina Zottmayr in Kassel, then with Julius Hey in Berlin, Alberto Leoni in Milan and Johannes Ress in Vienna. He made his debut in 1887 at the Stadttheater in Bremen as Lyonel in ''Martha''. In 1908, he became the joint manager of the Metropolitan Opera with Giulio Gatti-Casazza. He resigned his post in 1910, and from 1910 to 1913 managed the Philadelphia-Chicago Grand Opera Company, after which he formed the Dippel Opera Comique Company. He was known for his willingness to step into roles when his colleagues were ill and substituted for Jean de Reszke on several occasions. He had his own opera school at the Ithaca Conservatory of Music in the 1920s, and in his later years, worked in the movie industry as a voice coach and musical advisor. Married to the actress Anita Lenar.

Chronology of some appearances

1887-1892 Bremen Stadttheater
1889 Bayreuth Festival
1890-1891 New York Metropolitan Opera
1892-1893 Breslau Opernhaus
1897-1900 London Covent Garden
1897 München Hofoper
1893-1898 Wiener Hofoper
1898 New York Metropolitan Opera
1899 Budapest Opera
1905 New York Metropolitan Opera
1905 Stuttgart Hofoper
1907 New York Metropolitan Opera


Mapleson cylinders, New York 1903
Faust (Gounod): Fragments with Emma Calvé & Marcel  Journet
Siegfried (Wagner): Hammer song
Traviata (Verdi): Un dì felice with Nellie Melba

Edison cylinders, New York 1906?
Martha (Flotow): Ach, so fromm B2
Königin von Saba (Goldmark): Erzählung B24
Lohengrin (Wagner): Lohengrins Abschied B36

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