Helge Rosvaenge


Born: August 29, 1897; Copenhagen, Denmark   Died: June 19, 1972; Munich, Germany  
Helge Rosvaenge stood atop the heap of dramatic tenors in Central Europe for more than three decades. An unusual measure of vocal longevity sustained his popularity at several important venues (especially in Vienna) and lent his name a legendary aura even as his career remained an active one. With firmly concentrated lower and middle registers and a powerful, blossoming top, he was well-suited for a broad repertory from Mozart to Verdi to Read more Strauss. While recordings of arias from Wagner's Die Meistersinger reveal an exemplary blend of thrust and lyricism, Rosvaenge wisely limited his stage appearances in this composer's works. Such caution almost certainly allowed him to maintain his voice in such remarkable order so far into his singing years.

Largely self-taught, Rosvaenge made his operatic debut in 1921 as Rodolfo at Neustrelitz, the invitation having been extended in the wake of a successful recital; appearances followed at Altenburg and Basle. Cologne engaged him from 1927 to 1930 and, beginning in 1930, he was a member at the Berlin Staatsoper. In Berlin, he was valued for his performances of the Italian repertory, surpassing his colleagues in the appropriate shaping of arias and ensembles in works by Verdi and Puccini. During this period, he also introduced himself to audiences in Munich and Vienna, quickly becoming a favorite in each house. He first appeared at the 1933 Salzburg Festival and remained there until the beginning of WWII in such varied roles as Tamino, Huon, and Florestan.

Rosvaenge ventured Parsifal at Bayreuth in 1934 and 1936 and made his debut at Covent Garden in a 1938 production of Fidelio conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham. With the Leonore of Rose Pauly and the Rocco of Ludwig Weber, Rosvaenge made a positive impression, bringing "authority and tenseness" to his performance. The Anschluss in Austria and outbreak of war the next year put a stop to further appearances.

Rosvaenge's Florestan was not his only collaboration with Beecham. He had been the conductor's choice (and that of producer Walter Legge) for a Berlin recording of Die Zauberflöte the preceding year. That his stentorian tenor was regarded by two such particular individuals as an exemplary fit for the lyric role of Tamino says much about the tenor's adaptability. Together with Tiana Lemnitz, Erna Berger, and Gerhard Hüsch, Rosvaenge was part of a recording project that was regarded from the outset as historic.

During WWII, Rosvaenge often sang for the Axis powers and found at war's end that his enthusiastic participation had caused considerable political problems. When he was finally cleared by the Allies, however, he actively resumed his career. He remained with the Vienna Staatsoper as an active member until 1958. His only American appearances were in recital. In his New York programs, sung when he was past his mid-sixties, he amazed audiences with the extraordinary power he could still summon and his clarion top register.

Rosvaenge recorded extensively: arias, longer excerpts from opera, occasional lighter works (he was notably successful in operetta), and lieder. In addition to his Tamino, his Bacchus in the 1935 Berlin recording of Ariadne auf Naxos with Viorica Ursuleac (opera only, not the prologue) set a standard not equaled since. The unwavering steadiness and heroic impact of his high range predestined him for Strauss' awkwardly written tenor protagonists. Read less
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    Discover Opera
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 0300715 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Martin Ritzmann,  Theo Adam,  Sylvia Geszty,  Ingeborg Springer  ... 
    Conductor:  Manfred Honeck,  Heinz Rögner,  Otmar Suitner,  Kurt Masur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra,  Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Leipzig Radio Chorus  ... 
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    Grandioso! - Great Verdi Recordings From Caruso To Pavarotti [7 CD-Set]
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001928802 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Sándor Kónya,  Maria Németh,  Ebe [Mezzo-soprano Vocal] Stignani,  Renata Tebaldi  ... 
    Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay,  János Kulka,  Alberto Erede,  Bruno Bartoletti  ... 
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    Voices Of German Opera
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 40497 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Heinrich Marschner  ... 
    Performer:  Natalie Dessay,  Edda Moser,  Kurt Moll,  Walter Berry  ... 
    Conductor:  Louis Langrée,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Berislav Klobucar,  Rudolf Moralt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    German Opera & Operetta / Schlusnus, Rehkemper, Patzak, Berger
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 459007 Release Date: 08/20/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Albert Lortzing,  Max Niederberger,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Heinrich Schlusnus,  Leo Slezak,  Walther Ludwig,  Viorica Ursuleac  ... 
    Conductor:  Walter Schutz,  Gerhard Steeger,  Clemens Krauss,  Karl Böhm  ... 
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    Great Singers And Musicians In Copenhagen, 1931-1939
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 691/96 Release Date: 06/08/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Wagner,  Bedrich Smetana,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Anny Konetzni,  Lauritz Melchior,  Zedenka Zikova,  Viorica Tango  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Weisbach,  Nicolai Malko,  Bruno Walter,  Egisto Tango  ... 
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    Mozart: Die Zauberflote / Beecham, Lemnitz, Berger, Rosvaenge
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 61034 Release Date: 09/21/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Heinrich Tessmer,  Helge Rosvaenge,  Gerhard Hüsch,  Walter Grossmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Favres Solisten Vereinigung
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    The Record of Singing - The Very Best of Vols 1-4
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 28956 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Arthur Sullivan,  Giacomo Puccini,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Performer:  Marian Anderson,  Kosti Vehanen,  Dame Clara Butt,  Richard Crooks  ... 
    Conductor:  Clemens Schmalstich,  Clarence Raybould,  Georges Lauweryns,  Nat Finston  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Orchestra,  Pasdeloup Concert Association Orchestra  ... 
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    Verdi: Requiem / Karajan, Klose, Zadek, Rosvaenge, Christoff
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 23415 Release Date: 10/14/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Margarete Klose,  Hilde Zadek,  Boris Christoff,  Helge Rosvaenge
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein
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    The Hugo Wolf Society - The Complete Edition 1931-1938
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 566640 Release Date: 07/26/2007   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Hugo Wolf
    Performer:  Michael Raucheisen,  Gerald Moore,  Elena Gerhardt,  Ludwig Weber  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Heger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Heinrich Schlusnus - Baritone
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 3306 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Jacques Offenbach,  Richard Wagner,  Heinrich Marschner  ... 
    Performer:  Heinrich Schlusnus,  Helge Rosvaenge
    Conductor:  Arthur Rother,  Johannes Schüler,  Leo Blech,  Hanns Steinkopf  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Helge Rosvaenge - Tenor
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 3305 Release Date: 09/05/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giacomo Puccini,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Helge Rosvaenge
    Conductor:  Arthur Rother,  Hanns Steinkopf,  Robert Heger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Chorus
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    Margarete Teschemacher Vol 2 - Recordings 1933-1943
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10245 Release Date: 04/27/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Richard Wagner,  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Margarete Teschemacher,  Max Lorenz,  Marcel Wittrisch,  Inger Karén  ... 
    Conductor:  Joseph Keilberth
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    Tiana Lemnitz Vol 1 - Opera Scenes
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10143 Release Date: 04/27/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Tiana Lemnitz,  Karl Schmitt-Walter,  Torsten Ralf,  Margarete Klose  ... 
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    Verdi: Rigoletto / Heger, Rosvaenge, Schlusnus, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 3300 Release Date: 03/28/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Heinrich Schlusnus,  Helge Rosvaenge,  Erna Berger,  Margery Booth  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Heger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Berlin Staatskapelle Chorus
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    Prima Voce - Gerhard Husch
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7919 Release Date: 02/01/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Albert Lortzing,  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Richard Wagner,  Siegfried Ochs  ... 
    Performer:  Gerhard Hüsch,  Wilhelm Strienz,  Helge Rosvaenge,  Tiana Lemnitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Frieder Weissmann,  Hans Udo Muller,  Otto Dobrindt,  Bruno Seidler-Winkler
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Lea Piltti
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89603 Release Date: 01/25/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Strauss,  Erkki Melartin  ... 
    Performer:  Lea Piltti,  Richard Strauss,  Friedbert Sammler,  Helge Rosvaenge  ... 
    Conductor:  Fritz Zaun,  Bruno Seidler-Winkler,  Hans Adolf Winter,  Arthur Rother  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Städtisches Orchestra Berlin,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    50 Years Of Mozart Singing On Record
    Label: Emi Studio   Catalog: 63750 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Mariano Stabile,  Luise Helletsgruber,  Tito Gobbi,  Charles Santley  ... 
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    Les Introuvables Du Chant Wagnčrien
    Label: Emi Studio   Catalog: 64008 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Emanuel List,  Fritz Wolff,  Alexander Kipnis,  Lauritz Melchior  ... 
    Conductor:  Eduard Mörike,  Siegfried Wagner,  Robert Heger,  Leo Blech  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Berlin Staatskapelle Chorus,  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra  ... 
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    Great Voices Of The Past - Opera's Greatest Heroes
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 8007 Release Date: 05/07/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Richard Wagner,  Mikhail Glinka  ... 
    Performer:  Jussi Björling,  Giuseppe Di Stefano,  Beniamino Gigli,  Lauritz Melchior  ... 
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    Strauss: Ariadne Auf Naxos / Krauss, Ursuleac, Korjus, Et Al
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 9011 Release Date: 11/06/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Helge Rosvaenge,  Erna Berger,  Miliza Korjus,  Ilonka Holndonner  ... 
    Conductor:  Clemens Krauss
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Reichssenders Orchestra,  Berlin Reichssenders Chorus
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    The Golden Age Of Singing Vol 4 - 1930-1950
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7056 Release Date: 10/02/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Francesco Cilča,  Umberto Giordano  ... 
    Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad,  Martin Lawrence,  Mariano Stabile,  Tito Gobbi  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Erede,  Umberto Berrettoni,  Frank Edward Tours,  Karl Alwin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra  ... 
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    The Verdi Revival In The Weimar Republic
    Label: Symposium   Catalog: 1280 Release Date: 04/24/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Ivar Andrésen,  Meta Seinemeyer,  Wilhelm Strienz,  Alexander Kipnis  ... 
    Conductor:  Fritz Busch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden State Opera Orchestra
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    Prima Voce Vol 2 - Treasury Of Opera - Historic Recordings
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1738 Release Date: 11/28/2000   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Félicien César David,  Jacques Offenbach,  Ruggero Leoncavallo  ... 
    Performer:  Nina Koshetz,  Feodor Chaliapin,  Clement Barone,  Amelita Galli-Curci  ... 
    Conductor:  Josef Pasternack,  Franco Ghione,  Rosario Bourdon,  Hans Lange  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Great Tenors Of The Century - Cura, Seiffert, Alagna, Et Al
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 429403 Release Date: 03/07/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Enrico Caruso,  Joseph Schmidt,  Helge Rosvaenge  ... 
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    The Emi Record Of Singing Vol 3 - 1926-1939
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 132 Release Date: 12/14/1999   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Gioachino Rossini,  Federico Ricci,  William Garnet James  ... 
    Performer:  Gerhard Hüsch,  Lotte Schöne,  Salvatore Baccaloni,  Irma Mion  ... 
    Conductor:  Hanns Udo Müller,  Erich Orthmann,  Carlo Sabajno,  Franco Ghione  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Chorus,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Orchestra  ... 
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