Hermin Esser

1 April 1928 Rheydt – 17 April 2009 Wiesbaden

Picture of Hermin Esser
He was first a graphic designer, then studied architecture, then voice in Düsseldorf. Debut in Krefeld 1954. After contracts in Gelsenkirchen, at the Komische Oper Berlin and in Wiesbaden, he came to the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf–Duisburg in 1964. He was a frequent guest in Wiesbaden and Essen. From 1966 to 1979, he regularly appeared at the Bayreuth Festival: Froh, Walther von der Vogelweide, Lohengrin, David, Stolzing, Erik, Tannhäuser, Siegmund, Loge, Tristan.

Abroad, he sang in Torino, Rome, Monte Carlo, London (Sadler's Wells), Vienna (Staatsoper), Paris (Opéra), Brussels, Lyon, Bordeaux, Strasbourg, Moscow (Stanislavskij and Nemirovich-Danchenko Theater), Budapest, Warsaw, Zagreb, Stockholm, Chicago, Zürich, Geneva, Dresden.

For a tenor whose most requested role was probably Tristan, he sang an incredibly varied repertory: Belmonte, Don Ottavio, Idomeneo, Alfredo, Duca, Ismaele, Jeník; but of course also Max, Alvaro, German, Don Carlo, Samson, Bacchus. He was still active at 70 years old. I for one find his guttural, laboured, wobbly, drab voice production difficult to digest, and don't even want to imagine him as Duca or Belmonte.

Reference and picture source: Isoldes Liebestod

Hermin Esser singsDie Walküre: Ein Schwert verhieß mir der Vater
In RA format

Hermin Esser singsOtello: Jeder Knabe kann mein Schwert mir entreißen
In RA format

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