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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  • 1.
    Label: Gala   Catalog: 7703242 Release Date: 06/14/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Richard Wagner,  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Leonie Rysanek,  Gisela Litz,  Albrecht Peter,  Bernd Aldenhoff  ... 
    Conductor:  Joseph Keilberth,  Rudolf Michl,  Nello Santi,  Kurt Eichhorn  ... 
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    Label: Gala   Catalog: 7704646 Release Date: 05/24/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Heinrich Marschner,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Richard Wagner,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Marianne Schech,  Maud Cunitz,  Bernd Aldenhoff,  Hans Hopf  ... 
    Conductor:  Bertil Wetzelsberger,  Alfons Rischner,  Arthur Rother,  Eugen Jochum  ... 
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    Label: Gala   Catalog: 7704363 Release Date: 05/24/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schmidt,  Richard Wagner,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Hans Hopf,  Karl Ostertag,  Max Proebstl,  Wilhelm Schlichting  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Altmann,  Kurt Striegler,  Karl Elmendorff
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    Wagner at The Met
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 542717 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Karin Branzell,  Lauritz Melchior,  Kirsten Flagstad,  Emanuel List  ... 
    Conductor:  Artur Bodanzky,  George Szell,  Erich Leinsdorf,  Fritz Reiner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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  • 5.
    Semperoper Edition, Vol. 3: Wagner Again?
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 11044 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Kurt Böhme,  Dora Zschille,  Margarete Bäumer,  Brünnhild Friedland  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe,  Joseph Keilberth,  Rolf Kleinert,  Gerhard Pflüger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra,  Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 6.
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: ARPCD0401 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Otto Edelmann,  Hans Hopf
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
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  • 7.
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: ARPCD0111 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Otto Edelmann,  Lisa Della Casa,  Heinrich Pflanzl,  Gerhard Unger  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
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  • 8.
    Wilhelm Furtwangler - The Great EMI Recordings
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 07878 Release Date: 05/17/2011   Number of Discs: 21
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Béla Bartók,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Elisabeth Höngen,  Hans Hopf,  Otto Edelmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Wagner: The Complete Opera Collection / Bavarian State Opera, Bayreuth Festival, Badische Staatskapelle, Cagliari Theater...
    Label: Membran International Gmbh   Catalog: 233106 Release Date: 10/25/2010   Number of Discs: 43
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Franz Klarwein,  Luise Willer,  Viorica Ursuleac,  Georg Hann  ... 
    Conductor:  Clemens Krauss,  Robert Heger,  Joseph Keilberth,  Günter Neuhold  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus,  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra  ... 
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    Strauss: Ariadne Auf Naxos / Keilberth, Jurinac, Streich, Engelhardt, Cologne Radio Symphony
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 67166 Release Date: 08/31/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Gerda Sommerschuh,  Werner Engelhardt,  Hans Hopf,  Sena Jurinac  ... 
    Conductor:  Joseph Keilberth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 11.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Hans Hopf
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89695 Release Date: 04/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Hans Hopf,  Maud Cunitz,  Otto Edelmann,  Hilde Zadek
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Rudolf Albert,  Erich Kleiber,  Rudolf Moralt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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  • 12.
    D'Albert: Tiefland / Rudolf Moralt, Brouwenstijn, Hopf
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 434781 Release Date: 12/26/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Eugène d' Albert
    Performer:  Waldemar Kmentt,  Eberhard Wächter,  Hans Hopf,  Paul Schöffler  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Moralt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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  • 13.
    German Opera Masterworks
    Label: Bravissimo Opera Library   Catalog: 9804 Release Date: 10/16/2007   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  René Kollo,  Karl-Ernst Mercker,  Gundula Janowitz,  Mignon Dunn  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Wilhelm Furtwängler,  Karl Böhm,  Rudolf Moralt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome,  Prague Philharmonic Chorus,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus  ... 
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  • 14.
    Kurt Böhme - Recordings 1943-1955
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10310 Release Date: 06/12/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hugo Wolf,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Richard Wagner,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Kurt Böhme,  Claus Clausen,  Hans Hopf,  George Vincent  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Elmendorff,  Wilhelm Furtwängler,  Rudolf Kempe,  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saxon State Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 15.
    Strauss, Puccini, Tchaikovsky, Etc/ Leonie Rysanek
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 696072 Release Date: 05/29/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Bedrich Smetana  ... 
    Performer:  George London,  Leonie Rysanek,  Ludwig Welter,  Walter Berry  ... 
    Conductor:  Berislav Klobucar,  Rafael Kubelik,  Nino Verchi,  Josef Krips  ... 
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  • 16.
    Grand Tier - Weber: Der Freischutz / Kleiber, Grummer, Streich, Hopf
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 7038 Release Date: 03/20/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber
    Performer:  Alfred Poell,  Hans Hopf,  Elisabeth Grümmer,  Marlies Siemeling  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Kleiber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Cologne West German Radio Chorus
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  • 17.
    Verdi: Luisa Miller / Elmendorff, Hopf, Cebotari, Böhme
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90055 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Hans Hopf,  Maria Cebotari,  Kurt Böhme,  Helena Rott  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Elmendorff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saxon State Orchestra,  Dresden State Opera Chorus
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  • 18.
    Beethoven: Fidelio / Nilsson, Kleiber, Hopf, Schöffler, Et Al
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 289 Release Date: 02/28/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Ingeborg Wenglor,  Gerhard Unger,  Hans Braun,  Peter Witsch  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Kleiber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Cologne West German Radio Chorus
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  • 19.
    Weber: Der Freischütz / Kleiber, Grümmer, Streich, Hopf
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 284 Release Date: 01/24/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber
    Performer:  Heiner Horn,  Alfred Poell,  Elisabeth Grümmer,  Marga Weissenfeld  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Kleiber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne West German Radio Chorus,  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 20.
    Reopening Of The Vienna State Opera - 1955 / Goltz, Et Al
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90675 Release Date: 11/29/2005   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Richard Wagner,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Emmy Loose,  Hilde Rössl-Majdan,  Karl Kamann,  Rudolf Lustig  ... 
    Conductor:  Otto Ackermann,  Meinhard Von Zallinger,  Herbert Kegel,  Wilhelm Schüchter  ... 
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  • 21.
    Richard Strauss: Die Frau Ohne Schatten / Böhm, Rysanek
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 668053 Release Date: 11/29/2005   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Judith Hellwig,  Leonie Rysanek,  Elisabeth Höngen,  Hans Hopf  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 22.
    Vienna Opera Festival 1955 / Böhm, Kubelik, Reiner, Knappertsbusch
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 666053 Release Date: 11/29/2005   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Alban Berg,  Richard Wagner,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Reining,  Hilde Gueden,  Sena Jurinac,  Christel Goltz  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch,  Karl Böhm,  Fritz Reiner,  Rafael Kubelik
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  • 23.
    Grand Tier - Strauss: Salome / Bohm, Rysanek, Hopf, Et Al
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 7004 Release Date: 10/21/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Murray Dickie,  Waldemar Kmentt,  Kurt Equiluz,  Heinz Zednik  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 24.
    Paperback Opera - Mozart: Don Giovanni / Elmendorff, Böhme
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 20023 Release Date: 09/23/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Kurt Böhme,  Margarete Teschemacher,  Hans Hopf,  Marianne Schech  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Elmendorff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden State Opera Orchestra,  Dresden State Opera Chorus
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  • 25.
    Weber: Die Freischütz / Ackermann, Cunitz, Loose, Et Al
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 20018 Release Date: 06/24/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber
    Performer:  Anny Felbermayer,  Maria Schober,  Karl Dönch,  Otto Edelmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Otto Ackermann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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