Waldemar Henke

Act I of the Berlin 1911 world premiere of Der Rosenkavalier with Paul Knüpfer (Ochs), Frieda Hempel (Marschallin), Karl Jörn (Italian singer), Waldemar Henke (Valzacchi) and Therese Rothauser (Annina)

Born March 24th, 1876, Königsberg (today Kaliningrad), died presumably in 1945. Debut in 1896 as an actor, in 1898 as a singer. First in Poznań/Posen, 1901 to 1911 in Wiesbaden, then at the Hofoper (Staatsoper) Berlin for 20 years. Buffo tenor, Valzacchi in the 1911 Rosenkavalier world premiere, 1925 the first Tambourmajor in Wozzeck. After ending his career as a singer, he worked as a stage director. When the German theatres were closed in 1944, he returned to his native Königsberg, and seems to have been killed when trying to escape the besieged city in winter 1945.

Waldemar Henke sings Cavalleria rusticana: O Lola, rosengleich
In RA format

Waldemar Henke sings Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Was macht ihr denn da?
I would like to thank Anton Bieber for the Meistersinger recording and label scan.

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