Aug 23, 2015
Cornelis Bronsgeest (Baritone) (Leiden, Holland 24/7 1878 - Berlin, Germany 22/9 1957)
Frist he decided to became an architecture, but after discovering that he had a beautiful voice, studied singing with Richard Schulz-Dornburg in
Berlin, then under Julius
Stockhausen in Frankfurt a. M. and
made his debut in 1902 at the Stadttheater in , where he
appeared till the next year. At the Berlin Hofoper he made his debut as
Amonasro in ‘’Aida’’ and in 1913 sang the part of Posa in the premiere of G.
Verdi’s ‘’Don Carlo’’. Three years later he performed here in the premiere of
R. Srauss’s ‘’ Ariadne auf Magdeburg Naxos’’.
Before the First World War he made successful guest performances in Holland, Belgium
In 1914, under Sir Thomas Beecham, he sang at the Drury Lane Theater of London
the part of Papageno in ‘’Zauberflöte’’.
In the 1919-1920 season he undertook a France North America
tour. In 1920 he guested at the Wien Staatsoper.
He founded the
broadcasting company orchestra and the broadcasting company choir. Then in the
1922-1924 seasons he went on a tour around Berlin Holland
In 1924 he organized at the Amsterdam Théâtre Carré the performance of R.
Wagner’s ‘’Parsifal’’. In 1933, because of political reasons, he gave up his
activities with broadcasting company and from 1935 to 1944 worked as director of
the Berlin Theater der Jugend.
Till 1935 he still made guest appearances at the Berlin
Hofoper. During the Second World War, he gave an opera
performances before German soldiers. After the Second World War he organized
the first opera performances in destroyed Belgium . Married to actress Bertha Kleen. Berlin
Chronology of some appearances
1902-1903 Magdeburg Stadttheater
1903-1908 Hamburg Stadttheater
1906-1919 Berlin Hofoper
1919-1920 North America tour
1920 Wien Staatsoper
1921-1923 Berlin Hofoper