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Hans Lißmann (Tenor)

Born: September 19, 1885 - Hamburg, Germany
Died: May 26, 1964 - Leipzig, Germany

The German tenor, Hans Lißmann (Lissmann), was born to a very musical family. His father was the bass-baritone Friedrich Heinrich Lissmann (1847-1894), his mother the soprano Anna Marie Lissmann-Gutzschbach (1847-1928), the two had a great career as opera as well as concert singers, particularly in Hamburg. His sister, Eva-Katharina Lissmann (b. 1883), was an outstanding concert singer. He studied in Leipzig and Dresden orchestra conducting Arthur Nikisch and worked then as a conductor at various German theatres.

However, Hans Lißmann trained his voice with Raimund von Zur Mühlen, then with Ernesto Colli in Milan and sang until 1913 on Italian stages. In 1913 he returned to Germany and, after a short engagement at that Hamburg Volksoper, became first lyric tenor of the opera house of Leipzig for many years (1914-1933). There he sang among other things in 1919 in the premiere of the opera Revolutionshochzeit by Eugen d'Albert, and in 1927 in the premiere of the opera Clavigo by Max Ettinger. He gave successful appearances at prominent German theatres and was a highly outstanding concert singer. In Leipzig he often participated in the concerts of the Thomanerchor Leipzig. He sang the tenor voice in the famous Rosenthal quartet, with the Leipzig's surgeon and bass Dr. Wolfgang Rosenthal, his wife, the soprano Ilse Helling-Rosenthal, and the alto Marta Adam.

Hans Lißmann worked from 1923 to 1954 as a professor at the Conservatory of Leipzig.

His voice is present on only one Parlophon record.


Source: Operissimo Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (May 2005)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (May 2005); Manfred Krugmann (Photos 01-08, July 2011)

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Karl Straube

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BWV 67, BWV 75
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BWV 67, BWV 75, BWV 86, BWV 93, BWV 95, BWV 109

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