The middle of the Birrenkoven tenor brothers studied voice in Düsseldorf, where he also made his debut as Max in 1897. Apart from a few main roles (Lyonel, Hoffmann), he sang mostly comprimario parts: Mime, David, Jaquino, Bardolfo, Goro...
He sang in Hamburg (1898–1900), Danzig (1900/01), Darmstadt (1901–04), Nationaltheater Berlin (1904/05), Elberfeld (1905–13), and finally in Munich (1913–25).
Reference: Kutsch & Riemens
Zonophone, Berlin, September 1907 3271r Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): O Colombina X-22648 3272r Trennung (Marschner) X-22649 Fritz Birrenkoven is obviously identical with the otherwise mysterious "Gottfried" Birrenkoven, who was a member of the male quartet "Rostsches Solo-Quartett", and made about 20 records with that group, plus one duet record with the quartet's bass and founder: Dacapo, Köln, 1908 2253 Flüsterndes Silber, rauschende Welle (Melchert), w. Carl Rost 2254 Still wie die Nacht (Bohm), w. Carl Rost