Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jul 18, 2015

Willy Treffner (Tenor) (July 5, 1903 Kraków, Poland - ?)

He was a student of the Technical college in Vienna. The same time he also studied singing and made his debut at the Stadttheater in Plauen as Turiddu in ‘’Cavalleria Rusticana’’ (1927?). His repertoire included Belmonte in "Entführung aus dem Serail", Don Ottavio in ‘’Don Giovanni’’, Tamino in "Zauberflöte", Duke in ‘’Rigoletto’’, Almaviva in ‘’Il Barbiere di Siviglia’’, Alfredo in ‘’La Traviata’’, Faust, Turiddu in ‘’Cavalleria Rusticana’’ and other parts. Since 1940 he was a member of the Wien Volksoper. He made successful guest appearances in Berlin, Leipzig and Hamburg. After his reitrement he lived in Austria. Still in the 1960’s with he made some appearances in Dresden.

Chronology of some appearances

1927-1932 Plauen Stadttheater
1933-1934 Nürnberg Opernhaus
1934-1935 Hannover Opernhaus
1936 Frankfurt a.M. Oper
1937 Dresden Staatsoper
1939-1943  Wien Volksoper
1940 Berlin Staatsoper
1940 Munich Staatsoper
1940 Wien Staatsoper
1942 Berlin Staatsoper


Gioconda (Ponchielli): Cielo e mar  D. B. 5597 2RA 4700
Martha (Flotow): M'appari D. B. 5597 2 RA 4701
L'Elisir d'amore (Donizetti): Una furtiva lagrima E. H. 1289 2 RA 4362

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