Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

May 27, 2014

Alexander Kirchner (Tenor) (Wien 1880 – Wien 1948)


His real name was Alexander Schramek. He studied singing under Adolf  Robinson in Brünn (Brno) and then with Amalie Materna in Vienna. He made his debut in 1909 at the Vienna Court Opera as Des Grieux in ''Manon'' of Massenet. He sang there roles like Don José in ''Carmen'',  Manrico in ''Trovatore'' and Tamino in the ''Magic flute''. He remained engaged there till 1911. For the 1911-12 season he went to the Royal Opera in Stockholm, in the 1913-14 season he sang at the German Opera House in Berlin, among other things in 1914 appeared in the premiere of the opera ''Mandragola'' of  I. Waghalter. From 1915 to 1935 he belonged to the Berlin Court Opera (since 1918  Berlin State Opera). Here he sang in 1916 in the première of the second version of the opera''Ariadne auf Naxos'' of R. Strauss in the role of the Bacchus. At the Bayreuth Festival of 1914 he perfomed  in the ''Fliegenden Holländer''. He gave guest performances in London,  Holland,  Switzerland,  Paris and Vienna. Also he was estimated as a concert singer .

Chronology of some appearances

1909-1911 Vienna Court Opera Des Grieux (Manon)
1911-1912 Stockholm Royal Opera 
1913-1914 Berlin  German Opera House
1915-1935 Berlin Court Opera


Gramophone, Berlin 1913-04-16
Fanciulla del West (Puccini) Lasset sie glauben 042411 403al

PolyphonBerlin 1920-08?
Prophète (Meyerbeer) Herr, dich in den Sternenkreisen (Triumphlied) 50109

Homocord, Berlin 1922-12-04
Elisir d'amore (Donizetti) Una furtiva lagrima 8119 50749
Aida (Verdi) Holde Aida 8119 50748

KalliopeBerlin 1928
Tosca (Puccini) Wie sich die Bilder gleichen K4245 11219
Tosca (Puccini) Und es blitzten die Sterne K4245 11220

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