Hermann Gallos

21 January 1886 Vienna – 20 February 1957 Vienna

Gallos studied law at the University of Vienna, and voice at the Municipal Conservatory. He sang first in an academic amateur male choir, then professionally in the choir of the Vienna Volksoper (1908–12), then from 1915 as a soloist at the Vienna Hofoper (which soon became the Staatsoper). He spent his entire career there, until 1956. He was also a regular guest at the Salzburg Festival from 1922 to 1950, and a much appreciated concert singer.

In opera, he sang exclusively comprimario parts: Scaramuccio, Valzacchi, Jacquino, Pedrillo, Don Curzio and Don Basilio, Monostatos, Rodrigo, Borsa, Altoum, Goro, Spoletta, Spalanzani, Remendado and many more. From 1937, he was also a professor at the Vienna Academy of Music.

Reference: Kutsch & Riemens
Picture source: Bildarchiv Austria

Hermann Gallos sings Elijah: So ihr mich von ganzem Herzen suchet

Hermann Gallos sings Paulus: Sei getreu bis in den Tod

Many thanks to Anton Bieber for the recordings and label scans.

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