Bernd Aldenhoff

14 June 1908 Duisburg – 8 October 1959 Munich

Picture of Aldenhoff

Bernd Aldenhoff sings Die Walküre: Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond
In RA format

Bernd Aldenhoff sings Siegfried: Nothung! Nothung!
In RA format

Bernd Aldenhoff singsSiegfried: O Siegfried! Dein war ich von je, with Astrid Varnay
In RA format

Bernd Aldenhoff singsLohengrin: In fernem Land

Bernd Aldenhoff singsSadko: Lebt nun wohl, Gefährten
Sadko's ship aria, much transposed and all in all difficult to recognize
Aldenhoff grew up in an orphanage, and became a carpenter first. He was accepted, as an amateur, into the choir of the Duisburg theater, began to study voice, and sang in the choirs of Cologne and Stuttgart. In 1933, he was promoted to soloist in Cologne, singing lyrical roles like Pinkerton, Lyonel or Matteo in Arabella.

The further stages of his career were Darmstadt (1934/35), Erfurt (1935–1938), Düsseldorf (1938–1944), Dresden (1943–1952); from 1952, he sang both in Munich and in Frankfurt. He was now a noted Wagner tenor, singing in Bayreuth in 1951, 1952 and 1957, and making guest appearances (all from 1950 onwards) in Vienna, Berlin, London, Brussels, Paris, Florence, Lisbon, Zürich, Hamburg, and at La Scala. For the 1954/55 season, he was a member of the Met. He sang until his death.

Reference: Kutsch & Riemens

I would like to thank Thomas Silverbörg for the recordings (Lohengrin and Siegfried duet).

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