Hermann Winkelmann

8 March 1849 Braunschweig – 18 January 1912 Vienna
Winkelmann wanted to become a piano manufacturer like his father. He was sent to Paris to learn his trade. There his voice was discoverd when he was singing in the German male choral society Teutonia. Hugo Wittmann advised him to learn singing. Winkelmann started his studies in Paris, then he moved to Hannover to continue with Koch.

Winkelmann made his debut at the Hoftheater in Sondershausen (Thuringia) in 1875 as Manrico.

In 1876, he was at the Hoftheater in Altenburg; from 1878, at the Stadttheater in Hamburg. At that time, the house had a very high level under the management of Bernhard Pollini. There he took part in the world premiere of Rubinstein's Néron on November 1st, 1879 with Rosa Sucher, Maria Prochazkova, Franz Krükl, Josef Wolff, with Anton Rubinstein conducting. In 1883, Winkelmann sang Jean in the German premiere of Massenet's Hérodiade. Soon he was a renowned Wagner tenor.

Wagner admired him. As a result, he created Parsifal on July 26th, 1882 in Bayreuth. He sang Parsifal in Bayreuth until 1888. He also sang Stolzing there (1888 and 1889).

In 1882, he made guest appearances at the Drury Lane in London with the Hamburg opera company under Hans Richter; Winkelmann sang Stolzing and Tristan there.

In Hamburg, he also sang Loge (1878) und Siegfried in Götterdämmerung (1879). Winkelmann remained in Hamburg until 1883.

In 1884, he travelled to the USA. He sang in a Wagner festival organized by Theodore Thomas in New York, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Cincinnati.

Winkelmann became a member of the Vienna Staatsoper in 1883. He had previously sung there as guest in 1880 (Lohengrin, December 12th). In Vienna, Winkelmann sang: Vasco, Radames, Admeto (Alceste by Gluck), Alamiro (Belisario), Rodrigue (Le Cid), Dalibor (Vienna premiere), Armand (Les deux journées by Cherubini), Adolar, Florestan, Erik, Max, Siegfried (both), Arnold, Harold (Harold by Carl Pfeffer), Idomeneo, Karabinier (Im Feldlager by Johann Nepomuk Fuchs), Pylades (Iphigénie en Tauride), Achille (Iphigénie en Aulide), Éléazar, Assad, Don Diego (Los amantes de Teruel by Bretón), Eddin (Mara by Ferdinand Hummel), Stolzing, Faust, Merlin (Merlin by Goldmark, world premiere, November 19th, 1886), Oswald (Mirjam by Richard Heuberger), Néron, Pollione, Otello (Vienna premiere), Jean de Leyde, Froh, Rienzi, Robert, Masaniello, Tannhäuser (total 176), Ivanhoe (Der Templer und die Jüdin by Marschner), Tito, Tristan (Vienna premiere), Manrico, Edgar Aubry (Der Vampyr), Siegmund and Walther (Walther von der Vogelweide by Albert Kauders) for a total of 1,259 performances, the last of which was on January 2nd, 1909 as Siegmund.

Winkelmann made guest appearances at the Hofoper Dresden (1875), Hofoper Berlin (1887), in Leipzig (1877) and at the Deutsches Theater Prague (1901/02).

After retiring, he taught singing.

His son Hans Winkelmann (1881–1943) was also a tenor and voice teacher.

He recorded for Berliner (1900), G & T (1905/06) and Favorite (1906).
Reference: Kutsch & Riemens
Chronik der Wiener Staatsoper 1869–2009, Vienna 2009

Hermann Winkelmann sings Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Morgenlich leuchtend (cobblershop version)

Hermann Winkelmann sings Le prophète: Herr, dich in den Sternenkreisen

Hermann Winkelmann sings Lohengrin: Nun sei bedankt
In RA format
I wish to thank Christian Torrent for the recording (Meistersinger).
I wish to thank Richard J Venezia for the recording (Lohengrin).

Berliner, Wien, 1900
1528A  Il trovatore: Einsam steh' ich	                     42016
1529A  Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Am stillen Herd       42014
1530A  Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Morgenlich leuchtend  42015
1596A  Lohengrin: Nun sei bedankt		             42057

Grammophon, Wien, 1905
479c   Lohengrin: Höchstes Vertrauen                         042110
6769b  Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Weilten die Sterne    2-42465, IRCC149
6770b  Dalibor: Blickst du, mein Freund		             3-42299, IRCC3096
6771b  Tannhäuser: Stets soll nur dir mein Lied              3-42370, IRCC149
6772b  Il trovatore: Einsam steh' ich		             3-42417
6845a  Le prophète: Keins von allen Erdenreichen             2-42332

Favorite, Wien, 1906
2307-f Tannhäuser: Stets soll nur dir mein Lied ertönen      1-25077
2308-f Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Abendlich glühend     1-25078
2309-f Liebesglück (Sucher)                                  1-25079
2321-f Le prophète: Keins von allen Erdenreichen             1-25080
2322-f Le prophète: Herr, dich in den Sternenkreisen         1-25081
514-g  Lohengrin: Höchstes Vertrauen		             2-25002

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