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Denhof Opera Company

Harold Rosenthal

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print December 1992 |
Published online January 2002 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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A company formed by Ernst Denhof (d 1936), an Austrian-born musician living in Edinburgh, to give performances of the Ring in English. The 1910 series under Michael Balling was so successful that Denhof decided to tour the provinces; the company visited Leeds, Manchester and Glasgow in 1911, and Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Glasgow in 1912, using local orchestras. The repertory was expanded to include the first performances in English of Elektra, as well as productions of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, Der fliegende Holländer and Die Meistersinger. In 1913 the first productions in English of Der Rosenkavalier and Pelléas et Mélisande were given, as well as performances of Die Zauberflöte. After two weeks in Birmingham and one in Manchester, Denhof, with losses of £4000, was unable to continue, and Beecham, one of the conductors for the 1913 season, took over the company. It formed the nucleus of what eventually became the Beecham Opera Company (...

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Subjects: Opera

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