Hans Hopf

2 August 1916 Nürnberg – 25 June 1993 Munich

Picture of Hans Hopf as Otello

Picture of Hans Hopf
He studied voice in Munich with Paul Bender, and in Oslo; debut with the touring Bayerische Landesbühne as Pinkerton as early as 1936. He sang in Augsburg (1939–42), in Dresden, where he started to sing heldentenor roles, 1946–49 at the Berlin State Opera, then at the Munich State Opera for the long rest of his career (until 1988!).

As a guest, he was regularly in Bayreuth (from 1951), at the Met, the Scala, Covent Garden, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, the Salzburg Festival, and very often at the Vienna State Opera.

After his retirement, he taught voice in Munich.


Hans Hopf in interview, in German (one hour)
contains: Pagliacci: Hüll dich in Tand nur
Fra Diavolo: Ich zähle Freunde unter den Scharen (excerpt)
Peer Gynt (Egk): Wenn das Gras in Saft und Blüte steht (excerpt)
Siegfried: Nothung! Nothung! 2
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Hans Hopf singsIl trovatore: Lodern zum Himmel

Hans Hopf singsTurandot: Keiner schlafe
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Hans Hopf singsBoris Godunov: Dimitri! Zarewitsch!, with Martha Mödl
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Hans Hopf sings Die Walküre: Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond
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Hans Hopf sings Siegfried: Nothung! Nothung! ... Schmiede, mein Hammer ... So schneidet Siegfrieds Schwert, with Herold Kraus
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Hans Hopf sings Pagliacci: Nein, bin Bajazzo nicht bloß
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Hans Hopf singsParsifal: Nur eine Waffe taugt
I wish to thank Thomas Silverbörg for the recording (Parsifal).

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