Max Hirzel

Picture of Max Hirzel as Florestan

Picture of hirzel

Picture of Max Hirzel as Lohengrin
Max Hirzel was born on October 18th, 1888 in Zürich. Practically all his life, he was connected to Dresden, where he studied singing with Dora Erl. He had to leave Dresden in 1937 because of the political climate (he was an outspoken enemy of the Nazis, who told him to pack up and run). In 1926, Hirzel sang in the Dresden world premiere of Hindemith's Cardillac. 1925–29, Hirzel recorded for Grammophon and Parlophon in Dresden. 1935/36, he sang in Vienna. Hirzel appeared with success at Covent Garden, where he sang Tamino and Lohengrin.

In Switzerland, he sang at the beginning (1917–22?) and at the end of his career in Zürich. He taught singing in Zürich after retiring. Hirzel died in Zürich on May 12th, 1957.

Max Hirzel singsLes contes d'Hoffmann: Ha, wie in meiner Seel'
In RA format
I would like to thank Vladimir Efimenko for the recording, picture (second from top) and biographical notes.
I wish to thank Daniele Godor for the picture (Lohengrin).
Picture of Max Hirzel's rare record label

Picture of Max Hirzel's rare record label

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