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Hans Lissmann (Tenor) (19. September 1885 in Hamburg; † 26. Mai 1964 in Leipzig)
Descended from a family of musicians. His
father was the bass/baritone Friedrich Heinrich Lissmann (1847-1894), his
mother soprano Anna Marie Lissmann-Gutzschbach (1847-1928). His sister,
Eva-Katharina Lissmann (1883-?), was a respectable concert singer. He studied
in Leipzig and Dresden among other things under Arthur Nikisch and then worked
as a conductor at different German theaters. Then he studied singing under
Raimund von Zur, then trained with Ernesto Colli in Milan and till 1913 appeared
at Italian operatic stages. In 1913 he came back to Germany and after a short
career at the Hamburg Volksoper, he became for many years a principal lyric
tenor of the Opernhaus in Leipzig (1914-1933). There he sang among other things
in the premiere of the opera ‘’Revolutionshochzeit’’ by Eugene d'Albert (1919).
In 1927 he appeared in the premiere of the opera ‘’Clavigo’’ of Max Ettinger.
He gave successful guest performances in leadingGerman theaters and was a highly respected
concert singer. In Leipzig he often sang in the concerts. From 1923 to 1954 he
taught singing at the conservatoire of Leipzig.
Chronology of some appearances
1914-1933 Leipzig Opernhaus
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Parlophon, Berlin 1922-09-12
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