Werner Hollweg

Werner Hollweg sings Die Entführung aus dem Serail: Ich baue ganz auf deine Stärke

Werner Hollweg sings Der Zwerg
In RA Format
Werner Hollweg, born 1936 in Solingen/Germany. First a bank employee, he studied relatively late and made his debut in 1962 at the Kammeroper in Vienna (a tiny "off-broadway" opera theatre). A first-rate international career followed, with appearances in Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Salzburg, Rome and many other places. A Mozart and lieder specialist. In his later years, the voice was heavily damaged ( according to opera gossip: by alcohol). He died on Jan. 1st, 2007, Freiburg im Breisgau, from a rare and incurable disease of the kinetic nervous system. This link has his picture, and a long and interesting interview (in German). (The aria is a usually omitted selection from Entführung aus dem Serail. Hollweg's Zwerg is a desert island recording for me, and probably my favourite among all lieder recordings I've ever heard.)
I wish to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recordings and notes.

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