Benno Haberl

Benno Haberl was born on October 13th, 1875 in Munich (and not in Vienna, as you'll read most everywhere). He was singing minor parts in Munich when during a concert in 1909, he was noticed by the conductor of the opera in Weimar, Raabe, who offered him the position of a second heldentenor in Weimar. Haberl accepted in spite of his Munich contract.

Haberl became soon a competitor for Heinrich Zeller, a former Munich heldentenor. He was particularly praised at the Weimar premiere of Pfitzner's Rose vom Liebesgarten. Despite misgivings, he was chosen to sing Weimar's first Parsifal (April 5th, 1914), where he was mildly successful. After spending the rest of his career in Weimar, he retired on September 1st, 1932 and died in Weimar on May 21st, 1942.

Benno Haberl sings Lohengrin: Wenn ich im Kampfe für dich siege, with Gertrud Runge

Benno Haberl sings Faust: Es ist schon spät, with Gertrud Runge
Reference: Einhard Luther, So viel der Helden. Biographie eines Stimmfaches, Teil 3: Wagnertenöre der Kaiserzeit (1871–1918), Berlin 2006
Picture source
Many thanks to Anton Bieber for the Faust recording & label scan.

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