Otto Briesemeister

18 May 1866 Arnswalde – 16 June 1910 Berlin

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Picture of Briesemeisterís record

Otto Briesemeister sings Die Walküre: Siegmund heiß' ich
In RA format

Otto Briesemeister sings Siegfried: Nothung! Nothung!

Hans Breuer sings Das Rheingold: Wer hälfe mir, with Otto Briesemeister (Loge)

Briesemeister was a medical doctor for a short time before deciding to become a tenor. After studies in Leipzig, he sang only in concert at the beginning. His first operatic contract started in 1893 in Dessau (debut as Manrico), 1894 he went to Aachen, 1895 to Wrocław/Breslau, where he stayed until 1900. By then, he was famous enough to go on as a freelance artist: his Loge in Bayreuth 1899 had caused a sensation (he was to repeat that role at the festival every year through 1909).

He settled in Berlin, where he practiced as an ENT physician, and pursued his tenor career, centered around the Court Operas of Stuttgart, Vienna, Munich and Mannheim and the German Theater in Prague, but with many other guest appearances: Covent Garden, Zürich, Stockholm, Dresden, Leipzig, Berlin, Lyon, Hamburg, Bremen, Karlsruhe...

Loge was clearly his most famous role, but his repertory was wide: Siegmund, Siegfried, Erik, Lohengrin, Max, Pedro, José, Fra Diavolo, Wilhelm Meister, Faust, Canio, Herodes, Matthias (Evangelimann), Florestan; plus a lot of sacred music in concert.

He died from diphtheria.

Reference: Kutsch & Riemens

I wish to thank Richard J Venezia for the recording (Walküre).
Discography

G&T, Bayreuth, July 1904
1116e   Das Rheingold: Immer ist Undank                 2-42920
1130c   Das Rheingold: Wer hälfe mir? (w. Hans Breuer)	2-42922

Edison cylinders, Berlin, about December 1905
15401   Frühlingsglaube (Schubert)			15401
15407   Frühlingstraum (Schubert)			15407

Anker, Berlin, about December 1906
1177-3  Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Am stillen Herd	5467
1178-3  Die Walküre: Winterstürme			5468, 434
1179-3  Der fliegende Holländer: Steuermannslied	5469
1180-3  Lohengrin: Mein lieber Schwan			5470

Beka, Berlin, June 1907
11225   Das Rheingold: Immer ist Undank I		11225
11226   Das Rheingold: Immer ist Undank II		11226
11227   Siegfried: Schmiede, mein Hammer		11227
11228   Lohengrin: Höchstes Vertrauen			11228
11229   Die Walküre: Winterstürme			11229
11236	Lohengrin: Das süße Lied (w. Margarete König)	11236
11237   Il trovatore: In uns're Heimat			11237
        (w. Margarete König)
11239   Fra Diavolo: Erblickt auf Felsenhöhen		11239
        (w. Margarete König)
11240   Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Am stillen Herd	11240

Anker, Berlin, November 1907
1907    Das Rheingold: Immer ist Undank I		5038, 706
1908    Das Rheingold: Immer ist Undank II              5039, 706
1909    Siegfried: Nothung! Nothung!			5040, 707
1910    Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Am stillen Herd	434

Odeon, Berlin, November 1907
xB3464	Siegfried: Nothung! Nothung!			X 64774
xB3465	Das Rheingold: Immer ist Undank I		X 64787
xB3466	Das Rheingold: Immer ist Undank II		X 64788
xB3467	Das Rheingold: Über Stock und Stein		X 64775
xB3468	Die Walküre: Winterstürme			X 64776

Odeon, Berlin, December 1907
xB3524	Die Walküre: Siegmund heiß' ich			X 64803

Anker, Berlin, December 1907
1940    Tristan und Isolde: Wohin nun Tristan scheidet	5041, 707

Edison cylinders, Berlin, about February 1908
15860   Frühlingsfahrt (Schumann)			15860
Source for the discography: Gesellschaft für historische Tonträger, Wien

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