Max Hirzel was born on October 18th, 1888 in Zürich.
Practically all his life, he was connected to Dresden, where
he studied singing with Dora Erl. He had to leave Dresden in 1937 because of the
political climate (he was an outspoken enemy of the Nazis, who told him to pack up
and run). In 1926, Hirzel sang in the Dresden world premiere of
Hindemith's Cardillac. 1925–29, Hirzel recorded for Grammophon
and Parlophon in Dresden. 1935/36, he sang in Vienna.
Hirzel appeared with success at Covent Garden, where
he sang Tamino and Lohengrin.
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In Switzerland, he sang at the beginning (1917–22?) and at the end
of his career in Zürich. He taught singing in Zürich after retiring.
Hirzel died in Zürich on May 12th, 1957.
I would like to thank Vladimir Efimenko for the recording, picture (second from top) and biographical notes.
I wish to thank Daniele Godor for the picture (Lohengrin).