Heinrich Heitmüller

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Heinrich Heitmüller ( 1801 in Breslau - January 2 jul. / 14. January  1846 greg. In St. Petersburg ) was a German theater actor and opera singer ( bass ).


The son of a Wroclaw coffeehouse owner first worked as a merchant, since his father was against his choice to become a theater actor. As a youth he took part in the wars of liberation as a volunteer in a hunter regiment . After completing his military service, he finally went, following his wish, to the Faller Theater Company, with which he traveled through Prussian Silesia and West Prussia.

From 1822 to 1824 he worked as a bass buffalo and as a comedian for the theater in Magdeburg. Then he went to Königsberg , where he stayed until the theater was closed in 1841. He then worked at the Riga Theater from 1841 to 1843. In the fall of 1843 he moved to the Imperial Court Theater in St. Petersburg. But his family stayed in Riga, so he also gave guest appearances there.

He fell ill with an inflammation of the liver. On January 14, 1846, he took the stage for the last time, and on January 30, 1846, he died of the consequences of his illness.

The main roles in the opera were the “Seneschal” in Jean de Paris by François-Adrien Boieldieu , the “Leporello” as well as the “Masetto” in Don Giovanni , the “Bartolo” in the Barber of Seville and the “van Bett” in Zar and Carpenter by Albert Lortzing .

He was married to the coloratura soprano and soubrette Mathilde Kowallick , the daughter of a Bohemian composer and organist. His daughter was the opera singer Elise Heitmüller (1832 – after 1890).


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