Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jan 4, 2016

Helge Rosvaenge (Tenor) (29. 8. 1897 Copenhagen, † 17. 6. 1972 Munich)

His real name was Helge Anton Rosenvinge Hansen. First he wanted to become a chemist and studied at the technical college of Copenhagen. His voice was discovered when he sang in a circle of friends in Schwerin. His later wife, Hungarian soprano Ilonka Holndonner, exerted herself for the education of his voice and gave together with him in Schwerin a concert. He received his vocal education in Copenhagen and Berlin. After his concert appearances in Denmark, he made his stage debut in 1921 at the Landestheater in Neustrelitz as José in ‘’Carmen’’. He guested in London, Milan, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Brussels,  Amsterdam, Munich, Hamburg and Dresden and with special success in 1933 in Cairo (as Radames in ‘’Aida’’).  Since 1932 he appeared almost annually at the Salzburg Festival. At the Bayreuth Festival he appeared in 1934 and 1936 as Parsifal. He also sang with success in operettas and sang among other things on 31. 12. 1935 at the Berlin Staatsoper in the premiere of E. Künnecke’s operetta "Die große Sünderin". In 1941 he made guest appearance at the Paris Grand Opéra as Belmonte in "Entführung aus dem Serail".  Since 1955 he appeared again at the Berlin Staatsoper, whose honorary member he was appointed. In 1963 and 1964 with great success he sang at the Carnegie Hall and in Madison Square Garden in New York. Later he devoted himself to teaching in Munich. His autobiography appeared under the title ‘’Skratte Pajazzo’’ (Copenhagen, 1945; in German as ‘’Lache Bajazzo’’, Berlin, 1963).

Chronology of some appearances

1921 Neustrelitz Landestheater
1922-1924 Altenburg and Thüringen Landestheater
1924-1926 Basel Stadttheater
1926-1929 Köln Opernhaus
1927 Wien Staatsoper
1929-1945 Berliner Staatsoper
1930 Wien Staatsoper
1932-1933 Salzburg Festival
1934 Bayreuth Festival
1936 Bayreuth Festival
1937 Salzburg Festival
1938 Salzburg Festival
1939 Salzburg Festival
1941 Paris Grand Opéra
1949 Salzburg Festival
1949 Wien Staatsoper
1949 Wien Staatsoper
1955 Berlin Staatsoper


HMV, Berlin 1942
Lohengrin (Wagner): In fernem Land DB5698 2RA5326
Lohengrin (Wagner): Mein lieber Schwan DB5698 2RA5327

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