Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jan 29, 2015

Heinrich Bötel (Tenor) (Hamburg 1854 - Hamburg 1938)


His voice was discovered by Bernhard Pollini, the manager of the Opera House in Hamburg. He studied singing under Zumpe and Franz Krückl in Hamburg. In 1883 he made his debut at the Stadttheater in Hamburg as Manrico in ‘’Il Trovatore’’. He made guest appearances at the Hofoper in Wien (1884 and 1887), Openhaus in Frankfurt a. M. (1884-1893), Berlin Kroll Opera (1884-1892), Opernhaus in Leipzig (1886), Hoftheater in Schwerin (1887), Stadttheatern in  Bremen (1887) and Basel (1892), Theater des Westens in Berlin (1898), Deutschen Opernhaus in Rotterdam (1890), also in Cologne, Stuttgart, Wroclaw and Thalia Theater in New York (1887). His extensive repertoire included Arnoldo in ''Wilhelm Tell'', Enzo in ''La Gioconda'', Turiddu in ''Cavalleria Rusticana'', Canio in ''Pagliacci'', Masaniello in ''La Muette de Portici'', Raoul in ''Les Huguenots'', Lyonel in ''Martha''. The career of the singer lasted long; still in 1911 he  appeared at the Theater in Altona as Lyonel. His son Bernhard Bötel (1883-1953) also had a successful career as tenor.

Chronology of some appearances

1883 Hamburg Stadttheater
1884-1893 Frankfurt a. M.Openhaus
1884-1892 Berlin Kroll Opera
1886 Leipzig Opernhaus
1887 Schwerin Hoftheater
1887 Bremen Stadttheatern
1887 New York Thalia Theater
1890 Rotterdam Deutschen Opernhaus
1892 Bremen Stadttheatern
1898 Berlin Theater des Westens


Grammophon, Berlin, 1908
Der Troubadour (Verdi): Lodern zum Himmel she' ich die 4-42150 12524u

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