Robert Heger

Biography

Born: August 19, 1886; Strasbourg, France   Died: January 14, 1978; Munich, Germany  
Remembered today more as a conductor than a composer, Robert Heger left a legacy of five operas and a substantial output of choral, orchestral, and chamber works that together divulge a masterly, if somewhat elusive post-Romantic voice. As a conductor, Heger was better known for his work in opera and made several famous opera recordings, including an abridged one of Der Rosenkavalier.

Heger was born in Strasbourg, France, on August 19,
Read more 1886. He began serious music study when he was 14 with composer/harpist Franz Stockhausen, from whom he took lessons locally for two years. In Zurich Heger was a pupil of conductor/composer Lothar Kempter from 1902-1905, and in Munich he studied with composer Max von Schillings in 1907-1908. Heger's Op. 14 Piano Trio (1908), probably his first important instrumental work, dates to his period of study with Schillings. Several earlier choral works (Opp. 6 & 13) had already demonstrated the composer possessed a fine grasp of vocal music.

After his study with Schillings, Heger launched his conducting career in Strasbourg, and following brief conducting stints in Germany -- Ulm and Barmen, from 1908-1911 -- he landed his first important post, at the Vienna Volksoper, in 1911. Two years later he began conducting opera in Nuremberg. It was during his Nuremberg period that he composed and premiered his first opera, Ein fest auf Haderslev (1919; rev. 1943). It was not a success, though the following year he tasted success in his new conducting post, this one at the Munich Opera, where he would stay until 1925.

During his Munich years he produced one of his more important choral works, Ein Friedenslied (1924), for soloists and orchestra. From 1925-1933, he conducted at the Vienna State Opera. During this period he wrote two of his finest works, the opera Der Bettler Namenlos (1932) and Variationen über ein Thema aus Verdis Maskenball (1933), for orchestra.

In 1933 Heger was appointed conductor at the Berlin State Opera. Here he remained through the turbulent war years, garnering several important commissions from the arts administrators, two of which resulted in the operas Der verlorene Sohn and Lady Hamilton. Heger left Berlin in 1950 to spend the remainder of his career at the Munich State Opera, where his successful 1967 revival of Der Bettler Namenlos helped give the work much deserved exposure. Heger died in Munich on January 14, 1978. Read less

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Born: August 19, 1886; Strasbourg, France   Died: January 14, 1978; Munich, Germany  
Remembered today more as a conductor than a composer, Robert Heger left a legacy of five operas and a substantial output of choral, orchestral, and chamber works that together divulge a masterly, if somewhat elusive post-Romantic voice. As a conductor, Heger was better known for his work in opera and made several famous opera recordings, including an abridged one of Der Rosenkavalier.

Heger was born in Strasbourg, France, on August 19,
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Martha · Oper in 4 Akten (1986 Digital Remaster): Ouvertüre (Orchester)
Martha · Oper in 4 Akten (1986 Digital Remaster), Erster Akt: Darf mit mächtig düstren Träumen (Chor)
Martha · Oper in 4 Akten (1986 Digital Remaster), Erster Akt: Teure Lady! - Von den edlen kavalieren (Nancy - Lady)
Martha · Oper in 4 Akten (1986 Digital Remaster), Erster Akt: Gnaden Tristan Mickleford - Schöne Lady und Cousine (Drei Diener - Lady - Tristan - Nancy)
Martha · Oper in 4 Akten (1986 Digital Remaster), Erster Akt: Wohlgemut, junges Blut (Lady - Tristan - Chor)
Martha · Oper in 4 Akten (1986 Digital Remaster), Erster Akt: Mädchen, brav und treu (Chor)
Martha · Oper in 4 Akten (1986 Digital Remaster), Erster Akt: Wie das schnattert, wir das plappert (Plumkett - Lyonel)
Martha · Oper in 4 Akten (1986 Digital Remaster), Erster Akt: Der Markt beginnt, die Glocke schallt - Ich kann nähen - Vorwärts, Bob, muß man Euch ziehen - Sieh nur, wie sie uns betrachten! - Nun fürwahr
Martha · Oper in 4 Akten (1986 Digital Remaster), Zweiter Akt: Nur näher, schöne Mädchen - Mädels, dort ist eure Kammer - Was soll ich dazu sagen (Entre-Akt [Orchester] Plumket - Lyonel - Nancy - Lady)
Martha · Oper in 4 Akten (1986 Digital Remaster), Zweiter Akt: Nancy! Julia! Verweile! (Lady - Lyonel)
Martha · Oper in 4 Akten (1986 Digital Remaster), Zweiter Akt: Letzte Rose - Martha! Herr! - Sie lacht zu meinen Leiden (Lady - Lyonel)
Martha · Oper in 4 Akten (1986 Digital Remaster), Zweiter Akt: Warte nur! Das sollst du büßen - Schlafe wohl! - Und mag dich reuen (Plumkett - Nancy - Lady - Lyonel)
Martha · Oper in 4 Akten (1986 Digital Remaster), Zweiter Akt: Nany! - Lady! Was nun weiter? - Fort von hinnen, laß uns eilen (Lady - Nancy - Tristan - Plumkett - Lyonel - Chor)
Martha · Oper in 4 Akten (1986 Digital Remaster), Dritter Akt: Laßt mich euch fragen (Entre-Akt [Orchester] & Plumkett - Chor)
Martha · Oper in 4 Akten (1986 Digital Remaster), Dritter Akt: Horch, die Jagdfanfaren tönen - Auch wir Frau'n kennen traun (Plumkett - Chor)
Martha · Oper in 4 Akten (1986 Digital Remaster), Dritter Akt: Jägerin, schlau im Sinn (Nancy - Plumkett - Lyonel - Chor)
Martha · Oper in 4 Akten (1986 Digital Remaster), Dritter Akt: Ach, so fromm, ach, so traut (Lyonel)
Martha · Oper in 4 Akten (1986 Digital Remaster), Dritter Akt: Die Herrin rastet dort - Hier in stillen Schattengründen - Mag der Himmel Euch vergeben (Tristan - Lady - Lyonel - Plumkett - Nancy - Chor)
Martha · Oper in 4 Akten (1986 Digital Remaster), Vierter Akt: Zum treuen Freunde geh - Den Teuren zu versöhnen (Entre-Akt [Orchester] & Lady)
Martha · Oper in 4 Akten (1986 Digital Remaster), Vierter Akt: Lady! - Mylady! Treuer Freund! - Der Lenz ist gekommen (Nancy - Plumkett - Lady)
Martha · Oper in 4 Akten (1986 Digital Remaster), Vierter Akt: Faßt Euch, Lady! - Ja, was nun? (Nancy - Plumkett - Lady)
Martha · Oper in 4 Akten (1986 Digital Remaster), Vierter Akt: Hier die Buiden, dort die Schenke (Lady - nancy - Plumkett - Lyonel - Chor)
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster): Ouvertüre (Orchester)
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Erster Akt: Greifet an und rührt die Hände (Iwanow - Zar - Chor)
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Erster Akt: Dialog
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Erster Akt: Die Eifersucht sit eine Plage (Marie)
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Erster Akt: Dialog
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Erster Akt: Verraten! Von euch verraten! (Zar)
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Erster Akt: Dialog
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Erster Akt: O Sancta Justitia, ich möchte rasen (van Bett)
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Erster Akt: Dialog
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Erster Akt: Laßt ruhen die Arbeit, das zeichen ertönt (Chor - van Bett - Zar - Iwanow)
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Erster Akt: Dialog
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Erster Akt: Darf ich wohl den Worten trauen (Iwanow - van Bett)
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Erster Akt: Dialog
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Erster Akt: Das Fest beginnt, seid ihr bereit und fertig? (Zar - Marie - Iwanow - Marquis - Meisterin Browe - Chor)
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Zweiter Akt: Hoch lebe die Freude (Chor)
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Zweiter Akt: Dialog
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Zweiter Akt: Lebe wohl, mein flandrisch' Mädchen (Marquis - Marie - Chor)
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Zweiter Akt: Dialog
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Zweiter Akt: Zum Werk, das wir beginnen (Marquis - Iwanow - Zar - Lefort - van Bett - Lord Syndham)
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Zweiter Akt: Dialog
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Zweiter Akt: Lieblich röten sich die Wangen (Marie - Chor)
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Zweiter Akt: Dialog
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Zweiter Akt: Schon seit geraumer Zeit bemerk' ich hier Gesichter (van Bett - Marie - Meisterin Browe - Marquis - Iwanow - Zar - Lefort - Lord Syndham - Chor)
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Dritter Akt: Den hohen Herrscher würdig zu empfangen (Singschule: van Bett - Chor)
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Dritter Akt: Dialog
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Dritter Akt: Sonst spielt' ich mit Szepter, mit Krone und Stern (Zar)
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Dritter Akt: Dialog
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Dritter Akt: Darf eine nied're Magd es wagen (Marie - Iwanow)
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Dritter Akt: Dialog
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Dritter Akt: Schmücket mit Kränzen (Chor)
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Dritter Akt: Ballett: Holzschuhtanz (Orchester)
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Dritter Akt: Erhab'ner Held (van Bett - Marie - Iwanow - Chor)
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Dritter Akt: Dialog
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Dritter Akt: So scheid' ich denn von euch (Zar - Marie - Iwanow - Meisterin Browe - van Bett - Chor)
Act I: Prelude
Act I: Della mia bella incognita borghese (Duke, Borsa)
Act I: Questa o quella (Duke)
Act I: Gran nuova! gran nuova! (Duke, , Countess Ceprano)
Act I: Ch'io gli parli (Monterone, Duke, )
Act I: Quel vecchio maledivami! (, Sparafucile)
Act I: Pari siamo! ()
Act I: Ah! veglia, o donna (, Gilda)
Act I: Giovanna, ho dei rimorsi (Gilda, Giovanna, Duke)
Act : E il sol dell'anima (Duke, Gilda)
Act I: Gualtier Malde ... Caro nome (Gilda, Borsa, Ceprano, Marullo)
Act I: Riedo! perche? (, Borsa, Countess Ceprano)
Act I: Zitti, zitti (Chorus, Gilda)


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