Angelo Neumann

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Angelo Neumann

Josef Angelo Neumann (born August 18, 1838 in Stampfen , † December 20, 1910 in Prague ) was a German opera singer ( baritone ) and theater director .

Early life

Neumann developed his interest in singing at an early age and received training as an opera singer. After engagements as a baritone in Berlin, Cologne, Krakow, Ödenburg, Preßburg and Danzig, he came to the Vienna Opera in 1862, where he remained active until 1876. During these years he made his first acquaintance with Richard Wagner and his work. With his first wife Pauline Aurelie geb. von Mihalovits he had a son, Karl Eugen , born in 1865.

Opera director in Leipzig (1876–1882)

In 1876 he became opera director in Leipzig . His aegis began with a production of Lohengrin ; further Wagner operas and performances of Verdi's Aida and Bizet's Carmen followed . In April 1878 the first external performance of the entire stage consecration festival The Ring of the Nibelung took place in Leipzig after its premiere in Bayreuth in 1876 . In 1881 he organized further performances of the ring in Berlin.

Director of the traveling Richard Wagner Theater (1882–1883)

After purchasing the original stage sets and the costumes (from Carl Emil Doepler ) for the Bayreuth premiere, Neumann undertook a kind of European tour with complete performances of the Ring of the Nibelung by a traveling ensemble. First there was a guest performance in London in May 1882, with the Julius Laubeschen Kapelle from Hamburg under the direction of the Leipzig conductor Anton Seidl . Between September 1882 and June 1883 there were a total of 135 Ring performances and over 50 Wagner concerts, including in April 1883 (two months after Wagner's death) at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice.

Opera director in Prague (1885-1910)

In 1885 Angelo Neumann became director of the Estates Theater in Prague, whose new building he organized as the New German Theater . In 1887 he married the actress Johanna Török in his second marriage . In 1894 he motivated Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek to write his opera Donna Diana (reference?), The overture of which became very popular.

A hall in today's Prague State Opera recalls his name. In addition to an autobiography, von Neumann various letters to musicians and composers have survived.


  • Memories of Richard Wagner ; with four sheets of art and two facsimiles. Verlag L. Staakmann, Leipzig 1907; .


Web links

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Individual evidence

  1. John F. Oppenheimer (Red.) And a .: Lexicon of Judaism. 2nd Edition. Bertelsmann Lexikon Verlag, Gütersloh u. a. 1971, ISBN 3-570-05964-2 , Sp. 583.
  2. Angelo Neumann: Memories of Richard Wagner . Verlag Ludwig Staakmann, Leipzig 1907, pp. 55-83; Text archive - Internet Archive
  3. Angelo Neumann: Memories of Richard Wagner . Verlag Ludwig Staakmann, Leipzig 1907, pp. 144–178; Text archive - Internet Archive
  4. Joachim Heinzle: Essay on the Nibelung costumes.
  5. Angelo Neumann: Memories of Richard Wagner . Verlag Ludwig Staakmann, Leipzig 1907, p. 224; Text archive - Internet Archive