Heinrich Hensel


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(b Neustadt, 29 Oct 1874; d Hamburg, 23 Feb 1935). German tenor. He studied in Vienna and Frankfurt and made his début at Freiburg in 1897, remaining a member of the ensemble there until 1900. After engagements at Frankfurt, where he created the Prince in Engelbert Humperdinck's Dornröschen (1902), and Wiesbaden, he became the leading Heldentenor at the Hamburg Opera (1912–29). He was chosen by Siegfried Wagner to create the tenor lead in Banadietrich (1910, Karlsruhe) and to sing Parsifal at Bayreuth, where he also sang Loge (1911–12). During the 1911–12 season he visited the USA, singing Siegmund, Siegfried and Lohengrin at the Metropolitan and Siegmund in Chicago. He appeared at Covent Garden from 1911 to 1914 in the Wagner repertory and sang Parsifal in the first staged London production in 1914. His lyrical style is preserved in a number of acoustic recordings of Wagner.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

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