Hans Breuer

27 April 1868 Cologne – 11 October 1929 Perchtoldsdorf

Picture of  Hans Breuer
Breuer's year of birth is usually given as 1870, but that's wrong, as evidenced by official documents filled out by his own hand and now kept at the Vienna Communal Archives (Wiener Stadt- und Landesarchiv) – see below.

Breuer studied voice in Cologne with Benno Stolzenberg, then in Bayreuth with Julius Kniese (and that means: under the aegis of Cosima Wagner).

He made his debut actually at the Bayreuth Festival in 1894; he was to sing there regularly through 1918. His everyday job was at the opera in Wrocław/Breslau first (1896/97), in 1900 at the Met, and from the end of 1900 to his death at the Vienna Court (later: State) Opera.

He hardly ever sang anything but comprimario parts; from the very smallest one-sentence parts up to Steuermann, Melot, David and Mime in both Rheingold and Siegfried. For his Mimes, which he first sang in Bayreuth in 1896, he was really famous; he sang them at the Met, in Vienna, in Munich, in Berlin, in Zürich, and again and again in Bayreuth, of course.

From 1919, he was also a stage director both at the Vienna State Opera and at the Salzburg Festival, while continuing also his tenor comprimario career.

Reference, document source

Hans Breuer sings Das Rheingold: Wer hälfe mir, with Otto Briesemeister (Loge)

Grammophon, Bayreuth, 1904
11302e Das Rheingold: Wer hälfe mir 2-42922 with Otto Briesemeister 1131e Siegfried: Als zullendes Kind zog ich dich auf 2-42923 Zonophon, Wien, 1904
G1023a Selbstgeständnis 22210 G1024a Tannhäuser: Den Bronnen den uns Wolfram nannte 22195 G1025a Das Rheingold: Wer hälfe mir 22196 G1026a Siegfried: Als zullendes Kind zog ich dich auf 22197 G1027a Die Zauberflöte: Alles fühlt der Liebe Freuden 22198 G1028a Die Meistersinger: Lied des David 22199 G22b Tannhäuser: Den Bronnen, den uns Wolfram nannte X-22137 G23b Contes d'Hoffmann: Tag und Nacht X-22138 G24b Das Rheingold: Wer hälfe mir X-22139 G25b Der Tambour X-22146

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