Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Apr 28, 2012

Vilhelm Herold (Tenor) (Hasle, Bornholm 1865 - Copenhagen 1937)



He made his debut (1893) as Faust at the Royal Danish Theater in Copenhagen. He appeared in Stockholm, London, Hamburg, Berlin, Prague, and Stuttgart, among other cities. In Oslo (1913) he was Pedro in a performance of Tiefland in which Flagstad made her operatic debut as Nuri. Although his voice was trained in the French repertory, he spent the majority of his career in Scandinavia and Germania singing German roles. After his retirement he served as Director of the Royal Danish Theater (1922-24), where his career had begun. As a vocal teacher, Herold was responsible for retraining Lauritz Melchior's voice from baritone to tenor. His voice was often compared to Jean de Reszke's.

Chronology of some appearances

1893 Copenhagen Royal Danish Theater Faust (Faust)
1913 Oslo Opera House Tiefland (Pedro)


G&T, London 1907-02-08
Lohengrin (Wagner):  In fernem lend 042139 978c

G&T, Kobenhavn 1907-09
Trovatore (Verdi):  Miserere with Brun 84089 3361r
Traviata (Verdi): Parigi, o cara with Ulrich 084006 279s
Aida (Verdi): Fagre Aida 082020 280½s

Gramophone, Berlin 1908-05-06
Cid (Massenet): O Souverain 082025 379m

Gramophone, Berlin 1908-12-03
Romeo et Juliette (Massenet): Cavatine 082037 1½ac

Gramophone, Kobenhavn 1909-03
Bohème (Puccini): O Mimì tu piu non torni with Høeberg 084014 110af

Gramophone, Kobenhavn 1909-08
Forza del destino (Verdi): Solenne in quest'ora  with  Nissen  084015 117af

Gramophone, Kobenhavn 1913-09-21
Tosca (Puccini): Qual' occhio al mondo with Frederiksen 084024 647ac.
Tosca (Puccini): Non lo sospiri with Frederiksen 084023 648ac

Herold by Stampanoni

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