Julius Lieban

Picture of Julius Lieban as Mime
Julius Lieban as Mime

Picture of Julius Lieban
Julius Lieban was borm in Lundenberg on the 19th of February 1857. He was one of four singing brothers: Adalbert and Siegmund (baritones) and Adolf (Bass). He studied with Joseph Gansbacher in Vienna and made his debut, first a baritone, singing Rigoletto and Di Luna in Leipzig. He soon realised that his voice was changing into tenor and his career developed along the buffo-tenor lines. He became a famous Mime and Monostatos and the four character tenor parts in Les Contes d'Hoffmann. His career was primarily German and centred on the Hofoper and Staatsoper of Berlin, but he sang at the Salzburg Festival and in other European theatres. He formed an important singing school and taught Peter Cornelius and Mafalda Salvatini. He died in Berlin on the 2nd of February 1940. Lieban's early G&Ts and Odeon are great rarities.
Julius Lieban sings Der Waffenschmied: Du bist ein arbeitsamer Mensch, with Adolf Lieban
In RA Format

Julius Lieban sings Undine: Vater, Mutter, Schwestern, Brüder
In RA Format

Lieban as a Soprano
I wish to thank Vladimir Efimenko for the recordings, picture and notes.

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