Hans Fidesser

12 March 1899 Vienna – 22 January 1982 Berlin

Picture of Hans Fidesser

Picture of Hans Fidesser

Picture of Hans Fidesser

Hans Fidesser singsTosca: Wie sich die Bilder gleichen
In RA format

Hans Fidesser singsA dorozsmai szélmalom (Erdélyi): Künn a dorozsmai határban, in German
In RA format
This song from a (fairly successful) 1935 Hungarian operetta had an interesting career: even more so than in Hungary, it became a big hit in Germany, labeled simply "Puszta-Fox", with no hint to any operetta – and in Argentina, as "Amor en Budapest"! Zarah Leander recorded it in Swedish.

After working in a bank, he studied voice at the Vienna academy of music. 1922–24 in Plauen and 1924–26 in Mannheim, he was a baritone. Then he restudied with Laurenz Hofer, and made his debut as a tenor in Elberfeld 1926, as Radames. 1927–31, he was a member of the Krolloper Berlin, 1928–40 of the Städtische Oper Berlin. He was a frequent guest at the Berlin State Opera, and also sang at the Vienna State Opera (1929–31), at the Salzburg Festival (Tamino, 1931), in Amsterdam, Stockholm and Paris.

His repertory included Pelléas, Florestan, Don Ottavio, Lohengrin, Max, José, Massenet's des Grieux, Hoffmann, Duca, Cavaradossi, Fremder (Das Wunder der Heliane by Korngold, a really difficult part), Julien (Louise by Charpentier), ...

He also made a lot of films, always playing main characters. After WWII, he sang only operetta, and eventually became a voice teacher in Berlin.


I wish to thank Daniele Godor for the pictures (top two).

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