Laurenz Hofer

18 April 1888 Köln – 29 November 1964 Hannover

Picture of Laurenz Hofer as Canio

After studies at the Cologne conservatory, he made his debut in 1913 in Trier, and went on to Lübeck and Berlin. From 1921, he had considerable success as a member of the Hannover opera theater. After Hannover, he was a member of the troupes of Kassel, Mannheim, Wiesbaden and Düsseldorf.

As a guest, he sang at Covent Garden (Tristan, 1925), in Barcelona, Madrid, Gent, Basel, Munich, and very often at the Vienna State Opera (238 performances from February 1921 to April 1928). His most important roles were Florestan, Tannhäuser, Tristan, Parsifal, Lohengrin, Palestrina, Tambourmajor and José.

After WWII, he lived as a voice teacher in Hannover; one of his pupils was Rudolf Schock.

He made one single record for Parlophon; I guess it must have remained unpublished, since no trace of that record is to be found.

Reference: Kutsch & Riemens

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