Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

May 28, 2015

Paul Hansen (Tenor) (Copenhagen, Denmark 1886 - Helsinki, Finland 1967)

                                                         Hugo von Ringstetten


He studied singing under Albert Hoeberg and Hermann Spiro in Copenhagen and made his debut in 1908, as tenor, at the Royal Opera in Copenhagen as Sverkel in ‘’Liden Kirsten’’ of Hartmann. Till 1913 he appeared at the Royal Opera and then joined for the 1913-1924 seasons to the Deutsche Opernhaus in Berlin. Here he perfected his vocal with Lilli Lehmann, Luise Reuss-Belce and Richard Loewe. In 1919 he changed from tenor to baritone, but since 1921 again sang tenor parts. From 1918 to 22 he appeared in a number of silent films (‘’Der müde Tod' mit Lil Dagover’’, ‘’Herrin der Welt’’ with Mia May and Michael Bohnen). In  the 1925-1930 seasons he was a soloist of the Landestheater in Gera (Thüringen). After his retirement, he worked as a pedagogue in Copenhagen, then in Helsinki. Married the singer Emma Vilmar-Hansen.

Chronology of some appearances

1908 Copenhagen Royal Opera
1913-1924 Berlin Deutsche Opernhaus
1925-1930 Gera Landestheater


Gramophone, Berlin 1913-10-17
Juive (Halévy): Für ihn, für mich erflehe with Gottlieb & Arensen 044246 1207s

Gramophone, Berlin 1915
Traviata (Verdi): O laß uns fliehen with Stolzenberg 0944035 844m 
Traviata (Verdi): So hold, so reizend with Stolzenberg 0944036 845m

Gramophone, Berlin 1916-06/08
Meistersingen von Nürnberg (Wagner): Am stillen Herd 942771 18719L 
Lohengrin (Wagner): Höchstes Vertrauen 942772 18720L 
Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner): Fanget an! 0942018 1013m 
Lohengrin (Wagner): Gralserzählung 0942019 1014m 

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