Hans Hopf

Biography

Born: August 2, 1916; Nuremberg, Germany   Died: June 25, 1993; Munich, Germany  
For many of the record-buying public, their impression of German dramatic tenor Hans Hopf was formed upon viewing the wretched photograph that was displayed on the cover of his 1960 EMI recording of Tannhäuser. Appearing bloated and dim-witted, the tenor was sorely misrepresented by a portrait that should never have been released. While his voice had by that time grown beefier and less pliant, Hopf was too serious an artist to have been exposed Read more to such a public relations disaster. For a truer picture, physically and aurally, turn to his Walter in EMI's live recording of Bayreuth's 1951 Die Meistersinger with Schwarzkopf, Edelmann, and Karajan. Here, before the strain of too many heroic roles took their toll, his singing was strong and highly agreeable, accomplished if somewhat short of poetic. Hopf studied with bass Paul Bender in Munich before making his debut in 1936 singing Pinkerton with the Bavarian Regional Opera. Affiliations with Augsburg, Dresden, Oslo, and Berlin preceded his extended membership at the Bavarian Staatsoper beginning in 1949. In addition to his Bayreuth debut, the 1950 -- 1951 season held a first appearance at Covent Garden, where Hopf sang his German-language Radames in an otherwise English-language Aida. He was also heard as Walter, pleasing the critics and audiences more for his sturdy singing than for his subtlety. Hopf remained with the Royal Opera through the 1952 -- 1953 season, offering his Walter all three years. At Bayreuth, Hopf worked his way to Parsifal, Tannhäuser, and Siegfried by the 1960s. In 1952, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Walter. He continued to appear for five more years, eventually amassing a total of 34 performances in the Wagnerian repertory. At Salzburg in 1954, Hopf made his debut as Max in Weber's Der Freischütz. Although most of his career was spent in Europe, Hopf made two further appearances in American opera houses singing Herodes in both Chicago (1968) and San Francisco (1974) and both times with Astrid Varnay as his consort. Although the latter production caught him rather late in the day, he was still an arresting Herod, dissolute and clearly not quite stable. In Germany, Hopf had achieved a considerable reputation as Verdi's Otello. Read less

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Born: August 2, 1916; Nuremberg, Germany   Died: June 25, 1993; Munich, Germany  
For many of the record-buying public, their impression of German dramatic tenor Hans Hopf was formed upon viewing the wretched photograph that was displayed on the cover of his 1960 EMI recording of Tannhäuser. Appearing bloated and dim-witted, the tenor was sorely misrepresented by a portrait that should never have been released. While his voice had by that time grown beefier and less pliant, Hopf was too serious an artist to have been exposed Read more
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Act I Scene 1: Prelude
Act I Scene 1: Da zu dir der Heiland kam (Chorus)
Act I Scene 1: Verweilt! Ein Wort! (Stolzing)
Act I Scene 1: Da bin ich! Wer ruft? (David)
Act I Scene 2: David, was stehst? (Apprentices)
Act I Scene 2: Mein Herr! der Singer Meister-Schlag (David)
Act I Scene 2: Das sind nur die Namen, nun lernt sie singen (David)
Act I Scene 2: Wer dichter war? (David)
Act I Scene 3: Seid meiner Treue wohl versehen (Pogner)
Act I Scene 3: Zu einer Freiung und Zunftberatung (Kothner)
Act I Scene 3: Das schone fest, Johannistag (Pogner)
Act I Scene 3: Nun hort noch, wie ich's emstlch mein'! (Pogner)
Act I Scene 3: Verzeiht! Vielleicht schon ginget ihr zu weit (Sachs)
Act I Scene 3: Mir genugt der Jungfer Ausschlogstimm' (Sachs)
Act I Scene 3: Dacht' ich mir's doch! Geht's da hinaus, Veit? (Beckmesser)
Act I Scene 3: Am stillen Herd in Winterszeit (Stolzing)
Act I Scene 3: Nun, Meister, wenn's gefallt (Kothner)
Act I Scene 3: Was euch zum Liede Richt' und Schnur (Kothner)
Act I Scene 3: Fanget an! So rief der Lenz in den Wald (Stolzing)
Act I Scene 3: Seid ihr nun fertig? (Beckmesser)
Act I Scene 3: Halt! Meister! Nicht so geeilt! (Sachs)
Act I Scene 3: Aus finstrer Dornenhecken (Stolzing)
Act II Scene 1: Johannistag! Johannistag! (Apprentices)
Act II Scene 2: Lass seh'n, ob Meister Sachs zu Haus? (Pogner)
Act II Scene 3: Zeig her, 's ist gut (Sachs)
Act II Scene 3: Was duftet doch der Flieder (Sachs)
Act II Scene 4: Gut'n Abend, Meister! Noch so fleissig? (Eva)
Act II Scene 4: Konnt's einem Witwer nicht gelingen (Eva)
Act II Scene 4: Hilf Gott! wo bliebst du nur so spat? (Magdalene)
Act II Scene 4: Ja, Ihr seid es! Nein, du bist es! (Eva)
Act II Scene 5: Geliebter, spare den Zorn! (Eva)
Act II Scene 5: Jerum! Jerum! (Sachs)
Act II Scene 5: Mich schmerzt das Lied, (Eva)
Act II Scene 5: War das Eu'r Lied? (Sachs)
Act II Scene 5: Den Tag seh' ich erscheinen (Beckmesser)
Act II Scene 6: Seid Ihr Nun Fertig? (Sachs)
Act II Scene 7: Ach, Himmel! David! Gott, welche not! (Magdalene)
Act III Scene 1: Prelude
Act III Scene 1: Gleich! Meister! Hier! (David)
Act III Scene 1: Blumen und Bander seh' ich dort! (Sachs)
Act III Scene 1: Am Jordan Sankt Johannes stand (David)
Act III Scene 1: Wahn, Wahn! Uberall Wahn! (Sachs)
Act III Scene 2: Gruss' Gott, mein Junker! (Sachs)
Act III Scene 2: Mein Freund! in holder Jugendzeit (Sachs)
Act III Scene 2: Morgenlich leuchtend in rosigem Schein (Stolzing)
Act III Scene 2: Abendlich gluhend in himmlischer Pracht (Stolzing)
Act III Scene 3: Ein Werbelied! Van Sachs! Ist's wahr? (Beckmesser)
Act III Scene 3: O Schuster, voll von Ranken (Beckmesser)
Act III Scene 3: Mag sein! Doch hab ich noch nie entwandt (Sachs)
Act III Scene 4: Gruss Gott, mein Evchen! (Sachs)
Act III Scene 4: Weilten die Sterne im lieblichen Tanz? (Stolzing)
Act III Scene 4: O Sachs! Mein Freund! Du teurer Mann! (Eva)
Act III Scene 4: Ein Kind ward hier geboren (Sachs)
Act III Scene 4: Selig, wie die Sonne meines Gluckes lacht (Eva)
Act III Scene 4: Nun Junker! Kommt! Habt frohen Mut! (Sachs)
Act III Scene 5: Sankt Crispin, lobet ihn! (Chorus)
Act III Scene 5: Ihr tanzt? Was werden die Meister sagen? (David)
Act III Scene 5: Wach' auf, es nahet gen den Tag (Chorus)
Act III Scene 5: Euch macht ihr's leicht (Sachs)
Act III Scene 5: O Sachs, mein Freund! Wie dankenswert! (Pogner)
Act III Scene 5: Morgen ich leuchte in rosigem Schein (Beckmesser)
Act III Scene 5: Das Lied, furwahr, ist nicht von mir (Sachs)
Act III Scene 5: Morgenlich leuchtend im rosigen Schein (Stolzing)
Act III Scene 5: Den Zeugen, Denk' es, wahlt' ich gut (Sachs)
Act III Scene 5: Verachtet mir die Meister nicht (Sachs)
Der Freischütz (2000 Digital Remaster): Overture
Der Freischütz (2000 Digital Remaster): Viktoria! Viktoria! der Meister soll leben
Der Freischütz (2000 Digital Remaster): War ich denn blind?
Der Freischütz (2000 Digital Remaster): Was gibt's hier?
Der Freischütz (2000 Digital Remaster): Oh, diese Sonne
Der Freischütz (2000 Digital Remaster): Wir wollen gute Freunde bleiben...Walzer
Der Freischütz (2000 Digital Remaster): Nein länger trag ich nicht die Qualen...Durch die Wälder, durch die Auen
Der Freischütz (2000 Digital Remaster): Da bist du noch Kamerad
Der Freischütz (2000 Digital Remaster): Hier im ird'schen Jammertal
Der Freischütz (2000 Digital Remaster): Elender, Agathe hat recht
Der Freischütz (2000 Digital Remaster): Schweig, damit dich niemand warnt
Der Freischütz (2000 Digital Remaster): Schelm halt fest, ich will dich's lehren
Der Freischütz (2000 Digital Remaster): So, nun wird der Großvater
Der Freischütz (2000 Digital Remaster): Kommt ein schlanker Bursch gegangen
Der Freischütz (2000 Digital Remaster): Und der Bursch nicht minder schön
Der Freischütz (2000 Digital Remaster): Wie nahte mir der Schlummer...Leise, leise fromme Weise
Der Freischütz (2000 Digital Remaster): Bist du endlich da!
Der Freischütz (2000 Digital Remaster): Wie? Was? Entsetzen!
Der Freischütz (2000 Digital Remaster): Milch des Mondes
Der Freischütz (2000 Digital Remaster): Samiel! Samiel! Erschein!
Der Freischütz (2000 Digital Remaster): Ha - furchtbar gähnt der düstre Abgrund
Der Freischütz (2000 Digital Remaster): Hier bin ich
Der Freischütz (2000 Digital Remaster): Introduktion
Der Freischütz (2000 Digital Remaster): Und ob die Wolke sich verhülle
Der Freischütz (2000 Digital Remaster): Agathe, ja du hast dich dazugehalten
Der Freischütz (2000 Digital Remaster): Einst träumte meiner sel'gen Base
Der Freischütz (2000 Digital Remaster): Nun muß ich doch geschwind...Wir winden dir
Der Freischütz (2000 Digital Remaster): Was gleicht wohl uaf Erden (Hunting Chorus)
Der Freischütz (2000 Digital Remaster): Genug nun der Freuden
Der Freischütz (2000 Digital Remaster): Schaut oh schaut!
Der Freischütz (2000 Digital Remaster): Nur du kannst dieses Rätsel losen
Der Freischütz (2000 Digital Remaster): Wer legt auf ihn so strengen Bann?
Overture
Act I: Introduction: Victoria! der Meister soll leben (Max, Kilian, The Crowd, Chorus of Countryfolk, Kuno, Caspar)
Act I: Trio: O diese Sonne! (Max, Kuno, Kaspar, Huntsmen, Chorus Roustic)
Act I: Scene: Waltz - Aria: Durch die Waelder (Max, Caspar)
Act I: Song: Hier im ird' schen Jammerthal (Caspar, Max, Samiel)
Act I: Aria: Schweig! damit dich Niemand warnt (Caspar)
Act II: Duet: Schelm, halt fest! (Aennchen, Agathe)
Act II: Arietta: Kommt ein schlanker Bursh gegangen (Aennchen, Agathe)
Act II: Scene - Aria: Wie nahte mir der Schlummer (Agathe, Max, Aenncehn)
Act II: Trio: Wie Was Entsetzen! (Agathe, Aennchen, Max)
Act II: Finale: The Wolf's Glen (Chorus of Invisible Spirits, Caspar, Samiel, Max, Echo)
Act III: Entr'acte
Act III: Cavatina: Und ob die Wolke sie verhulle (Agathe, Aennchen)
Act III: Romance - Aria: Einst Traumte meiner sel'gen Base (Aennchen)
Act III: Folksong: Wir winden dir den Jungfern-Kranz (First Bride's Maid, All, Second Bride's Maid, Aennchen, Agathe)
Act III: Was gleicht wohl auf Erden (Chorus of Huntsmen, Ottokar, Caspar, Max, Agathe)
Act III: Finale: Schaut, o schaut (Chorus of Courtiers, Huntsmen, Peasant, Agathe, Aennchen, Kuno, Max, Caspar, Samiel, Hermit)
Symphony No. 9 in D minor (Choral) Op. 125 (1997 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
Symphony No. 9 in D minor (Choral) Op. 125 (1997 Digital Remaster): II. Molto vivace - Presto
Symphony No. 9 in D minor (Choral) Op. 125 (1997 Digital Remaster): III. Adagio e cantabile -Andante moderato - Adagio
Symphony No. 9 in D minor (Choral) Op. 125 (1997 Digital Remaster): IV. Presto - Prestissimo
Act I Scene 1: Prelude
Act I Scene 1: Da zu dir der Heiland kam (Chorus)
Act I Scene 1: Verweilt! Ein Wort! (Walther, Eva, Magdalene, David)
Act I Scene 2: David, was stehst? (Apprentices, David, Walther)
Act I Scene 3: Seid meiner Treue wohl versehen (Pogner, Beckmesser, Walther, Sachs, Vogelsang, Nachtigall)
Act I Scene 3: Am stillen Herd in Winterszeit (Walther, Sachs, Beckmesser, Kothner, Vogelsang, Nachtigall)
Act I Scene 3: Fanget an! So rief der Lenz in den Wald (David, Walther)
Act II: Prelude
Act II Scene 1: Johannistag! Blumen und Bander (Apprentices, David, Magdalene, Sachs)
Act II Scene 2: Lass seh'n, ob Meister Sachs zu Haus? (Pogner, Eva, Magdalene)
Act II Scene 3: Zeig her - 's ist gut (Sachs, David)
Act II Scene 3: Was duftet doch der Flieder (Sachs)
Act II Scene 4: Gut'n Abend, Meister! Noch so fleissig? (Eva)
Act II Scene 5: Da ist er! - Ja, Ihr seid es! (Eva)
Act II Scene 6: Wie? Sachs? Auch er? (Walther)
Act II Scene 6: Jerum! ... Als Eva aus dem Paradies (Sachs, Beckmesser, Walther, Eva)
Act II Scene 6: Freund Sachs! So hort doch nur ein Wort! (Beckmesser)
Act II Scene 5: Den Tag seh' ich erscheinen (Beckmesser, Sachs)
Act II Scene 5: Darf ich mich Meister nennen (Beckmesser, Sachs, Neighbours, David, Magdalene, Apprentices)
Act II Scene 6: Zum Teufel mit dir, verdammter (David)
Act III: Prelude
Act III Scene 1: Gleich, Meister! Hier! (David)
Act III Scene 1: Am Jordan Sankt Johannes stand (David, Sachs)
Act III Scene 1: Wahn! Wahn! Uberall Wahn! (Sachs)
Act III Scene 2: Gruss' Gott, mein Junker! (Sachs)
Act III Scene 2: Mein Freund! in holder Jugendzeit (Sachs, Walther)
Act III Scene 2: Morgenlich leuchtend in rosigem Schein (Walther)
Act III Scene 3: Ein Werbelied! Von Sachs! (Beckmesser)
Act III Scene 4: Gruss Gott, mein Evchen! (Sachs)
Act III Scene 4: Weilten die Sterne im lieblichen Tanz? (Walther)
Act III Scene 4: (continued)
Act III Scene 4: Selig, wie die Sonne (Eva)
Act III Scene 5: Procession of the Guilds
Act III Scene 5: Procession of the Mastersingers
Act III Scene 5: Wach' auf! es nahet gen den Tag (Chorus)
Act III Scene 5: Euch macht ihr's leicht, mir macht ihr's schwer (Sachs)
Act III Scene 5: Morgen ich leuchte in rosigem Schein (Walther)
Act III Scene 5: Verachtet mir die Meister nicht (Sachs)
Act III Scene 5: Ehrt eure deutschen Meister (Chorus)


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