Paul Reinecke

3 February 1902 Łódź – 8 March 1967 Leipzig

Picture source: Stadtgeschichtliches Museum Leipzig
Reinecke's father was a musician. He studied violoncello, piano and conducting at the conservatory in Leipzig, and singing privately.

In 1920, Reinecke was hired as a répétiteur at the Landestheater in Schwerin.

There, he replaced a sick tenor as Italienischer Sänger in Rosenkavalier. He had great success, and decided to be a singer.

His career developed as follows:
1922 Thüringisches Landestheater Altenburg
1923 Comprimario tenor at the Stadttheater Rostock, where he sang David and Mime (in Siegfried) for the first time.
1924/25 Stadttheater Hamburg
1925–27 Stadttheater Nürnberg
1927–30 Opernhaus Breslau
1933–35 Opernhaus Frankfurt am Main, guest contract with the Deutsche Oper Berlin

In Frankfurt, Reinecke sang Amandus in the world premiere of Die Zaubergeige by Werner Egk.

From 1935 up to his death, Reinecke was at the Leipzig opera, where he sang in the world premieres of Die Windsbraut by Winfried Zillig (1941), of Der Garten des Paradieses by Franz Petyrek (1942), and of Wat Tyler by Alan Bush (1953).

His daughter Renate Frank-Reinecke (born 1935) was a soprano with a successful career in Dresden and Berlin.

Preiser: Scenes from Der Barbier von Bagdad with Aleksandr Kipnis (live Frankfurt)
Historia: Fidelio finale (unpublished Odeon recording)
Olympic: Junker Spärlich in the Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor
Reference: Kutsch & Riemens

Paul Reinecke singsBoris Godunov: Fließet, fließet, heiße, bitt're Tränen
Leipzig 1947
In RA format

Ferdinand Bürgmann sings Siegfried: Schmiede, mein Hammer ... So schneidet Siegfrieds Schwert, with Paul Reinecke (Mime)

Go Home