Sebastian Hofmüller

7 January 1855 Albaching – 29 September 1923 Gauting

Picture of Sebastian Hofmüller as Mime

He made his debut in 1874 at the Elysium-Theater in Munich in operetta (as Anton in Flotte Bursche by Suppé). He was then a chorister at various theater in southern Germany; gradually, he began to sing solo parts, and in 1878 had considerable success in Mainz as Pêcheur in Guillaume Tell. After (further or first?) vocal studies, he was hired by the Trier theater in 1879, where he made his debut as Lyonel. But though he sang the occasional main role, his specialty were comprimario and buffo parts for his entire career.

1880–89, he sang in Darmstadt, 1890–1900 in Dresden, then two years in Schwerin, and then at the Munich Court Opera for the rest of his career. At the Bayreuth Festival, he was David and Mime (plus minor roles in Tristan and Parsifal) in 1888, 1889, 1892 and 1994. David and Mime were also his most successful creations in general, not only in Bayreuth.

Reference: Kutsch & Riemens


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