Walter Höfermayer

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Walter Höfermayer ( March 7, 1905 in Vienna - December 5, 1973 there ) was an Austrian opera singer with a baritone and bass-baritone voice . He was a member of the ensemble of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich and the Vienna State Opera . He made several guest appearances at the Salzburg Festival and was also considered an excellent operetta interpreter.

life and work

After completing his vocal training in Vienna, Höfermayer made his debut in 1927 in Eger , now Cheb in the Czech Republic. From 1927 to 1932 he was a member of the Teplitz-Schönau City Theater . He continued his training as a bass-baritone for a year and then managed to switch to the baritone field. As a baritone he was engaged for two seasons at the Stadttheater Ulm and then in the 1934/35 season in Oldenburg . After renewed singing lessons with the Austrian hero baritone Josef von Manowarda , he sang at the Zurich Opera House , the Aachen City Theater and 1938-1939 in Königsberg . In 1939 he became a member of the ensemble of the Bavarian State Opera and stayed in Munich until the theater was closed . From 1945 to 1954 he was a member of the Vienna State Opera ensemble. In the immediate post-war period - from 1946 to 1948 - he was engaged as Count Almaviva in the wedding of Figaro at the Salzburg Festival. He sang this role there under the direction of four different conductors, Felix Prohaska , Josef Krips , Otto Klemperer and Herbert von Karajan . In the State Opera he took on mostly lyrical roles, 42 times as Herr Fluch, 34 times as Marcello in La Bohème , 30 times as Ottokar, 26 times as Sharpless and 20 times as Escamillo. He also tried his hand at more dramatic roles, in a single performance each as Rigoletto and as Sebastiano in the lowlands . He became extremely popular as an operetta actor, as Duke Adam Casimir of Poland, Quendel, Count Homonay, Hades, Dr. Falke and Count Bitowski.

In 1954 he moved to the Vienna Volksoper , where he performed until 1967.

In the 1930s he took part in several sound films , including opera adaptations, and was very popular.

His grave is in the Neustift cemetery .

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