Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Feb 12, 2016

Allen Hinckley (Bass) (Gloucester (Massachusetts) 11. 10. 1877 † Yonkers presso New York 28. 1. 1954)

First he studied singing with Oscar Saenger in New York, then in Germany. His stage debut occurred in 1903 at the Municipal Theater in Hamburg as King Heinrich in ‘’Lohengrin’’. Till 1908 he remained in Hamburg. In 1908 he appeared there in the premiere of the opera ‘’Sternengebot’’ of Siegfried Wagner. In the 1906-1908 season he sang at the Bayreuth Festival. Cosima and Siegfried Wagner personally introduced him to appear at the Bayreuth Festival. In the 1908-1914 seasons he was a member of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where he made his debut as king Heinrich in ‘’Lohengrin’’. He appeared there primarily in Wagner repertoire, however sang there in 1908 also the part of Tommaso in the American première of the opera ‘’Tiefland’’ by E. d'Albert. From 1917 to 1923 he led the vocal classes in the conservatoire of Kansas City and then lived as pedagogue and choir conductor in New York. 

Chronology fo some appearances

1903-1908 Hamburg Municipal Theater
1906-1908 Bayreuth Festival
1908-1914 New York Metropolitan Opera


Gramophone, Hamburg 1907 (late)
Götterdämmerung (Wagner): Hoi ho! (Hagens Ruf) 3-42994 3952r 

US Everlasting 4-min cylinders
Tannhäuser (Wagner): O du mein holder Abendstern 34017

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