Bernhard Bötel


from: Künstler am Rundfunk. Ein Taschenalbum der Zeitschrift Der deutsche Rundfunk, Berlin 1932

Picture of Berhnard Bötel as Stradella

Bernhard Bötel singsDer Vetter aus Dingsda: Ich bin nur ein armer Wandergesell
In RA format

Bernhard Bötel singsLe postillon de Lonjumeau: Freunde, vernehmet die Geschichte
In RA format

Bernhard Bötel singsDer Graf von Luxemburg: Mädel klein, Mädel fein, with Louise Kartousch

The son of incomparably more famous Heinrich Bötel, he studied voice in Hamburg first, then with Ernst Grenzebach in Berlin. His debut took place in Aachen in 1905, in Audran's Poupée.

The next four years were spent at the small Komische Oper Berlin, where he had considerable success as Hoffmann; then he went to Vienna and sang operetta, first at the Theater an der Wien (where he sang a supporting role in the 1909 world premiere of Lehár's Graf von Luxemburg), then at the Raimundtheater (until 1914). For the 1914/15 season, he was a member of the theater in Halle an der Saale.

So far, he mostly sang main roles. In opera, other than Hoffmann, he was Almaviva, Jeník, Chapelou (which had been his father's masterpiece), Wilhelm Meister, Duca or Belmonte; in operetta, Eisenstein, Paris or Danilo.

The remaining 20 years of his career, he was a buffo tenor at the Städtische Oper Berlin (with a 1928–31 interruption, when he sang the Krolloper, again in Berlin). He was also popular on the Berlin radio. But the most important part of his career was probably his prolific activity as a record tenor.

Reference: Kutsch & Riemens

Bernhard Bötel as a baritone
Anton Bieber has contributed two pictures (top and bottom), the Graf von Luxemburg recording and the relative label scan: thank you!

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