Max Hirzel was born on October 18th., 1888 in Zürich.
He was practically connected all his life to Dresden, where
he studied singing with Dora Erl. He had to leave Dresden in 1937 because of the
political climate. In 1926, Hirzel sang in the world premiere at Dresden of
Hindemith's Cardillac. During 1925-29, Hirzel recorded in Dresden for Grammophon
and Parlophon. During 1935-36, Hirzel sang in Vienna.
Hirzel appeared with success at Covent Garden, where
he sang Tamino and Lohengrin.
In Switzerland, he sang at the beginning (1917-22?) and at the end
of his career in Zürich. He taught singing in Zürich after retiring.
Hirzel died in Zürich on May 12th., 1957.
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I would like to thank Vladimir Efimenko for the recording, picture (second from top) and biographical notes.
I wish to thank Daniele Godor for the picture (lohengrin).