Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jul 28, 2016

Martin Kremer (Tenor) (March 23, 1898 - Geisenheim am Rhein, Germany - February 19, 1971 - Prien am Chiemsee, Germany)


He was trained by W. Fuhr in Wiesbaden and continued his education with legendary tenor Giuseppe Borgatti in Milan. He made his debut in 1924 at the Staatstheater in Kassel, where he appeared till 1927. In the 1927-1929 seasons he sang at the Staatstheater in Wiesbaden and in 1929 joined to the Staatsoper in Dresden. Here he performed in several opera premieres of Richard Strauss: ‘’Arabella’’ (1. 7. 1933, as Matteo), "Die schweigsame Frau" (24. 6. 1935, as Henry), ‘’Daphne’’ (15.10.1938, as Leukippos). He was engaged by the Dresden Opera from 1929 to 1940 and then sang in the 1940-1943 seasons at the Theater des Volkes in Berlin. At the same time he was a member of the Deutschen Theater in Oslo (1941-1944). In the 1948-1956 seasons he appeared at the Staatstheater in Wiesbaden. Here for the last time he appeared in 1956 as Manrico in ‘’Il Trovatore’’, but still guested till 1960 at smaller German theaters. His repertoire included Tamino, Don Ottavio in ‘’Don Giovanni’’, Duke in ‘’Rigoletto’’, Radames in ‘’Aida’’, Hoffmann in ''Les Contes d'Hoffmann'', King's son in Humperdinck’s "Königskindern", Sally in "Romeo und Julia auf dem Dorfe" by  H. Sutermeister, Tambourmajor in "Wozzeck", composer in "Jonny spielt auf" of Ernst Krenek and other parts. The many-sided gifted singer had a huge success in his operetta parts.

Chronology of some appearances

1924-1927 Kassel Staatstheater
1926 Kassel Opera "Orpheus und Eurydike" (Orpheus) (Premiere) by Ernst Krenek
1927-1929 Wiesbaden Staatstheater
1928 Wiesbaden Staatstheater "Madonna Imperia" by F. Alfano (Premiere)
1930 Dresden Opera "Lord Spleen" by Mark Lothar (Premiere)
1931 Amsterdam Opera "Meistersingern" (David)
1932 Dresden Opera "Mr. Wu" by E. d'Albert
1933 Berlin Staatsoper
1933 Dresen Opera "Münchhausen" by Mark Lothar (Premiere)
1934 London Covent Garden ‘’Arabella’’ (English Premiere)
1935 Zoppot festival "Meistersingern" (David)
1935 Barcelona Teatro Liceo
1935 Dresden Opera "Der Günstling" by R.Wagner-Régeny
1936 Dresden Opera "Der verlorene Sohn" by R. Heger (Premiere)
1937 Wien Staatsoper
1938 Dresden Opera "Die Wirtin von Pinsk" by Richard Mohaupt (Premiere)
1938 Bayreuth festival "Meistersingern" (David)
1939 Bayreuth festival "Rheingold" (Froh)
1939 Wien Staatsoper
1939 Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie
1929-1940 Dresden Staatsoper
1940-1943 Berlin Theater des Volkes
1943 Berlin Theater des Volkes "Der liebe Augustin" by Josef Rixner
1941-1944 Oslo Deutschen Theater
1942 Wien Volksoper
1948-1956 Wiesbaden Staatstheater


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1 comment:

  1. His voice sounds too light to sing the roles that are credited to him in the bio above. This,however, may be an indication of his training and ability to adapt to the vocal assignment as needed. I like the quality and timbre of the voice.