Waldemar Henke

(1876-1945)

Picture of  Act I of the Berlin 1911 Premiere of Der Rosenkavalier with Paul Knüpfer (Ochs), Frieda Hempel (Die Marschallin), Karl Jörn (Italian Singer), Waldemar Henke (Valzachi),  and Therese Rothauser (Annina)
Act I of the Berlin 1911 Premiere of Der Rosenkavalier with Paul Knüpfer (Ochs), Frieda Hempel (Die Marschallin), Karl Jörn (Italian Singer), Waldemar Henke (Valzachi), and Therese Rothauser (Annina)

Waldemar Henke - born March 24th, 1876, Königsberg, died presumably 1945. Debut in 1896 as an actor, in 1898 as a singer. First in Poznan, 1901 to 1911 in Wiesbaden, then at the Hofoper (Staatsoper) Berlin for 20 years. Buffo tenor, Valzacchi in the 1911 "Rosenkavalier" world premiere, 1925 the first tambour-major in "Wozzeck". After ending his career as a singer, he worked as a stage director. When the German theatres were closed in 1944, he returned to his native Königsberg, and seems to have been killed when trying to escape the besieged city in winter 1945.

Waldemar Henke sings Cavalleria Rusticana: O Lola
In RA Format

I wish to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recording and notes.

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