Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Dec 24, 2014

Robert vom Scheidt (Bartione) (Bremen 1879 - ? 1964)



Brother of the opera singer Julius vom Scheidt (1877-1948) and Selma vom Scheidt (1874-1959) he studied singing at the Conservatory of Cologne. He made his debut in 1897 at the Opera House in Cologne. Here he appeared till 1903. In 1902 he took part in the premiere of the opera "Die Pompadour" by Emanuel Moor. In the 1903-1912 seasons he sang at the Municipal Theatre in Hamburg and then from 1912 to 1940 at the Opera House in Frankfurt a. M.. In 1904 he appeared in Hamburg in the premiere of the opera "Der Kobold" by Siegfried Wagner, in 1907 E. d'Albert’s opera "Tragaldabas". In Frankfurt he sang on 21. 10. 1919 in the premiere of the opera "Fennimore und Gerda"  by Fr. Delius, on 25. 4. 1918 in the premiere of F. Schrekers’s "Die Gezeichneten", on 15. 3. 1913 in "Das Spielwerk und die Prinzessin" by  F. Schreker, on 21. 1. 1920 in "Schatzgräbers" again by F. Schreker. On 14. 11. 1926 he performed in the premiere of E. d'Albert’s "Der Golem"; on 22. 5. 1935 in the Frankfurt premiere of "Zaubergeige" by W. Egk. In 1924 he took part there in the German première of M. Mussorgsky’s opera ‘’Khovanshchina’’. In 1904 at the Bayreuth festival he appeared in R. Wagner’s two operas - ‘’Tannhäuser’’ and ‘’Parsifal’’. He made guest appearances at the Court Opera in Dresden (1905), at the Opera House in Leipzig (1910) and at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels (1911, 1912, 1914), in 1916 also at the Court Theatre in Stuttgart. In spite of shining offers from Berlin, Vienna, Munich and New York, he remained at the Frankfurt Opera, enjoying remarkable popularity. He celebrated an enormous success in R. Wagner's operas (Telramund, Wotan, Hans Sachs, Dutchman, Kurwenal), but also as Falstaff in G. Verdi's opera of the same name, as Borromeo in Pfitzner’s ‘’Palestrina’’ and Boris Godunov, which he sang in 1921 in the Frankfurt première. He was appointed the honorary member of the Frankfurt Opera.

Chronology of some appearances

1897-1903 Cologne Opera House
1903-1912 Hamburg Municipal Theatre
1912-1940 Frankfurt a. M. Opera House


Polyphon, Hamburg 1910-07?
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Prolog 2258 (3564)
Carmen (Bizet): Torerolied 2258 (3566)

Polyphon, Hamburg 1910-10?
Tannhäuser (Wagner): Als du in kühnem Sange uns bestrittest 2300 (3594)

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