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Hans Hopf (1916 - 1993)


Hans Hopf studied with the distinguished bass Paul Bender and made his operatic stage debut in 1936 as Pinkerton / Madama Butterfly with the Bayerische Landesbühnen, a touring opera company. Between 1939 and 1944 he sang as a lyric tenor in Augsburg, Dresden and Oslo, where he was a member of the German Theatre while continuing his studies with Ragnvald Bjarne.

After World War II ended Hopf began singing heroic roles, moving between Berlin and Dresden. From 1949 he was a member of the ensemble of the Munich State Opera and began to appear frequently with the Vienna State Opera. He was a regular guest with the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, serving Düsseldorf and Duisburg, from 1950 until 1976. Hopf made his debut at the Bayreuth Festival under Karajan in 1951 as Walther / Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and sang in the historic performance (to mark the reopening of the Festival after its post-war closure) of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 ‘Choral’, under Furtwängler. He returned to Bayreuth for Siegfried in the cycles of Der Ring des Nibelungen given between 1960 and 1964, as well as the title roles in Tannhäuser (1965– 1966) and Parsifal (1966) and Froh in Das Rhinegold (1964). At the Salzburg Festival Hopf sang Max / Der Freischütz, again with Furtwängler conducting, in 1954.

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