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Gustav Hölzel

(1813—1883)


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(b Budapest, 2 Sept 1813; d Vienna, 3 Dec 1883). Austrian bass-baritone. The son of an actor-singer, he made his stage début at the age of 16 in Sopron, then sang in Graz, Berlin and Zürich. Engaged at the Vienna Hofoper in 1840, he remained there for more than 20 years. In 1843 at the Kärntnertortheater he created Di Fiesco in Gaetano Donizetti's Maria di Rohan. Dismissed from the Hofoper in 1863 for altering the words of Friar Tuck's song in Heinrich Marschner's Der Templer und die Jüdin, he appeared at Darmstadt, Nuremberg, the Theater an der Wien and the Munich Hofoper, where he created Beckmesser in Die Meistersinger in 1868. In New York he took part in the American première of Der Schauspieldirektor (1870). An excellent comic actor, he sang Baculus (Der Wildschütz) at his farewell performance in 1877. Other roles included Leporello, Don Basilio and Van Bett (Zar und Zimmermann).

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.


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