The successor of Heinrich Spemann in Darmstadt was Georg Becker from whom little is known. His name appears for the first
time in 1905 in Halle, where he sang next to the Heldentenor Richard Banasch also lyrical roles. He was in Altenburg
in 1906 as Heldentenor and went to Mainz in 1908. Die Musik commented in 1909:
Our Opera house presented the complete Ring within 6 days. Outstanding was Hedwig Materna (Brühilde), while Georg
Becker was not up to the roles of Siegmund and Siegfried.
Becker's development was faster as expected, because when he left Mainz after singing Lohengrin on April 3rd. 1910, complains were heard
that the respected tenor was going to Darmstadt.
He started in Darmstadt with his favorite role Lohengrin. But for the public and the press, he was not a worthy successor of
Spemann. In such a hostile environment, Becker could not feel at home. He was more successful when singing as a guest. In
1911 he was the young Siegfried in Augsburg, received with much applause, while he had several successes in Northern Germany. The
renown Breslau critic wrote:
Mr. Becker sang Tannhäuser. He is a worthy tenor with good acting and musical gifts. Unfortunately, his lyrical voice
misses Heldentenor sounds.
Becker was the successor in 1915 of Alois Hadwiger in Bremem. Here he was at the high point of his career. In 1925, he went for
his last season to Dantzig and was until 1927 listed as a permanent guest and resident in Bremen. After 1927, we lose trace of him.
His best review was in 1919 by Karl Seiffert in the Bremer Nachrichten:
The first opera performance of the season on September 1 was the 50th anniversary of Tristan und Isolde. Admirable was Georg Becker, as Tristan, who was fresh until the end where he could both physically and psychologically grow in strength.
After several years Wagner's swan song was revived in a new production. Parsifal was Georg Becker, who was in
excellent voice and understood the character of the pure fool. Georg Becker was an outstanding Tannhäuser on December 15th.
The part is rarely sung so beautifully and heroically as this time. The Rom narration was started wisely softly and was brought to a highly charged emotional level.