Friedrich Zohsel

24 January 1879 Stuttgart – 12 March 1952 Berlin

Picture of Friedrich Zohsel

Friedrich (or Fritz) Zohsel studied singing with Jacques Stückgold in Berlin, later with the famous heldentenor Heinrich Knote.

He made his debut in 1908 at the Hoftheater in Detmold. His next appointments were:
1909/10 Stadttheater in Ulm
1910/11 Stadttheater in Basel
1911/12 Stadttheater in Katowice/Kattowitz
1912/13 Stadttheater in Görlitz

After those tenures, he was a guest artist in Berlin. In 1914, he was called by the army and ended up in a Russian prison camp.

He could only resume his career in 1919 in Dresden (until 1922).

1922–27, he was at the Stadttheater in Chemnitz. There he took part in the 1925 world premiere of Hassan der Schwärmer by Wilhelm Kienzl, singing the title role.

1927–30, he was a soloist at the Opernhaus Leipzig, taking part in the 1928 world premiere of Die baskische Venus by Hans Hermann Wetzler.

During the next three years, from his home in Berlin, he undertook guest appearances in different theaters. Then in 1933/34, he was at the Stadttheater in Dortmund, and in 1934/35 at the Stadttheater in Augsburg.

Then from Berlin again, he resumed his guest appearances, later he opened an artists agency.

His repertory included: Rienzi, Lohengrin, Tannhäuser, Siegmund, Hugo (Undine by Lortzing), Herodes, Ägisth, Matthias (Der Evangelimann by Kienzl), Pedro (Tiefland), José, Manrico, Radames, Cavaradossi, and Gabriele Adorno.

He recorded for Polydor and Parlophon.
Reference: Kutsch and Riemens

Friedrich Zohsel sings La bohème: Wie eiskalt ist dies Händchen

Grammophon/Polydor, Berlin 1921
1015ar Rienzi (Wagner): Erstehe, hohe Roma neu                                  14167 (2-942002)
1016ar Fliegender Holländer (Wagner): Mit Gewitter und Sturm                    14167 (2-942003)
427as  Africaine (Meyerbeer): Land so wunderbar                                 unpublished
427½as Africaine (Meyerbeer): Land so wunderbar                                 19031 (B62033)
428as  Bohème (Puccini): Wie eiskalt ist dies Händchen                          19069 (B62039)
431as  Carmen (Bizet): Hier an dem Herzen		                        19031 (B62034)

Grammophon/Polydor, Berlin 1921-07?
1114ar Tosca (Puccini): Wie sich die Bilder gleichen                            14377 (B42019)
1115ar Tosca (Puccini): Und es blitzten die Sterne                              14377 (B42020)
508as  Zauberflöte (Mozart): Bildnis-Arie                                       19069 (B62040)
510as  Lohengrin (Wagner): Mein lieber Schwan 		                        15982 (B62011)
511as  Rienzi (Wagner): Allmächt'ger Vater	                                15982 (B62012)

Parlophon, Berlin 1922-12-12
2-6123 Oberon (Weber): Gebet des Hüon                                           unpublished
2-6125 Huguenots (Meyerbeer): An diesem Ort mich hier zu finden (w. chorus)     P1493
2-6126 Trovatore (Verdi): Miserere (w. Bettendorf & chorus)                     P1452
2-6128 Oberon (Weber): Von Jugend auf in dem Kampfgefild, pt 1                  P1439
2-6129 Oberon (Weber): Von Jugend auf in dem Kampfgefild, pt 2                  P1439
2-6130 Trovatore (Verdi): Dass nur für mich dein Herz erbebt                    P1493

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