Niels Hansen

March 23, 1880 Kjelstrup Hyllemark – September 19, 1969 København

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Niels Jacob Hansen, often just Niels Hansen, studied first to be an artist painter. He then studied singing with Valdemar Linke in Copenhagen and Jean de Reszke (1911-12) in Paris and made his debut as Rodolfo at the Royal Opera in 1909. Hansen spent most of his career at the Royal Opera, for more than 40 years from 1909-1951.

Niels Hansen made his debut at The Royal Danish Opera on November 27, 1909 as Rodolfo in La bohème. As late as 1942 - when he was 58 - he still played the part at the Opera... and did well, according to reviews. In 1912 he started his recording career, and in 1918 he was appointed Kongelig Kammersanger.

In the beginning of the 1920s, Hansen sang major roles as lyric tenor at the Royal Opera, and young Lauritz Melchior began his career at this time as Niels Hansen's understudy.

He made guest appearances in 1914 and 1939 at the Opera in Stockholm and in 1932 at the opera in Warsaw.

He was also highly regarded as an oratorio and concert singer.

Melchior sang with Hansen in the "Bel Canto" men's choir, where Hansen was the tenor soloist and Melchior, the later on famous tenor, a bass!

Hansen's repertory included: Rodolfo, Cavaradossi, Lensky, Lohengrin, Manrico, Alfredo, Radames, Pinkerton, Florestan, Parsifal (1914, premiere in Danish), Canio, Turiddu, Tamino, Max, Walther, Tannhäuser, Siegfried, Pedro, Faust, José, Hoffmann, Dimitri, David (Saul og David by C. Nielsen), ...
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Niels Hansen sings Carmen: La fleur que tu m'avais jetée, in Danish
I wish to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recording.
Discography (very incomplete)
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Odeon, København/Berlin Kp 19 TORNEROSE (Peter Heise): Kongesønnens romance X 116018 Kp 21 TOSCA: Arioso (E lucevan) in Danish X 116020 Kp 25 TOSCA: Duetto (Tosca, Cavaradossi) in Danish X 116024 with Tenna Frederiksen
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Kp 26 CARMEN: Romance (La fleur) in Danish X 116025 Kp 27 DER EVANGELIMANN: Salig der som forføgelse lide X 116026 Kp 32 TOSCA: Duetto (Tosca, Cavaradossi) in Danish X 116031 with Tenna Frederiksen Madama Butterfly: Duetto act 1 X 116032 with Tenna Frederiksen Kp 60 PARSIFAL: "Kun et vaaben duer" X 116057 Kp 61 DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG: Preislied (Morgenen sprødte) X 116058 Kp 62 RIGOLETTO: O, i kvindar X 116062
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Kp 63 RIGOLETTO: Canzonetta (Kvinden er flygtig) X 116062 Kpo 1545 RIGOLETTO: Ballata (O, i kvindar) A 160152a D 248 Kpo 1557 RIGOLETTO: Canzonetta (Kvinden er flygtig) A 160152b D 248 xKp 52-2 La Forza del Destino: Solenne in quest'ora in Danish X 118031 with Albert Høeberg xxKp 56-2 LA BOHÈME: Så kold den lille hånd er A XX 76546
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xxKp 57 LOHENGRIN: Gralserzählung (I fjerne land ved Paradisets strande) A XX 76547 xxKp 110 Carmen: La fleur in Danish AA 210006 b xxKP 112 DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG: Preislied (Morgenen sprødte) E210007a D 6010 xxKP 113 LOHENGRIN: Gralserzählung (I fjerne land ved Paradisets strande) E210007b D 6010 xxB6872 Louise: Duett Louise und Julien, act 1, pt 1 78009 with Tenna Frederiksen xxB6873 Louise: Duett Louise und Julien, act 1, pt 2 78010 with Tenna Frederiksen xxB6874 Louise: Duett Louise und Julien, act 3 78019 with Tenna Frederiksen xxB6875b Faust: Es ist schon spät 78011 with Tenna Frederiksen xxB6875-2 Faust: Es ist schon spät unpublished? with Tenna Frederiksen xxB6876 Faust: Ewig dein 78012 with Tenna Frederiksen xxB6877 Faust: Welch' tiefer Jammer 78013 with Tenna Frederiksen xxB6878 Faust: O wart' 78014 with Tenna Frederiksen xxB6878-2 Faust: O wart' unpublished? with Tenna Frederiksen xxB6879 Tosca: Nur deinetwegen wollt' ich nicht sterben 78015 with Tenna Frederiksen xxB6879-2 Tosca: Nur deinetwegen wollt' ich nicht sterben unpublished with Tenna Frederiksen xxB6880 Trovatore: Miserere 78016 with Tenna Frederiksen
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x Be 3140 H 11 Dejlig er jorden A 149967 Juletræt A 149972
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Danacord 1984 Live recordings of Radio broadcast excerpts