Hans Polte

Polte was born in 1853 in Berlin. He made his debut in 1879 as lyric and Spieltenor at the Kroll. After seasons in Prag, Barmen and Kiel, Polte arrived in 1852 in Metz as Heldentenor. Further seasons took him to Genève and Dortmund, then Polte was hired in Newstrelitz. In 1886, Polte was not successful in being hired in Dessau. In 1887, he managed to get three years contract in Sttetin. In 1890 he returned for three years to Metz and Neustrelitz. He had a good reputation as Lohengrin and Tannhäuser. In between he married a coloratura soprano. His daughter became an opera and operetta soubrette. Polte adapted his repertory to his family gifts. He opened with his wife Ida and daughter Mia an Opern-Gastpiel-Ensemble. whose director was his son Hermann. Polte became in 1901 the director of the jointly subventioned Stadttheater of Schleswig and Wismar, with connections to Rendsburg, Arendsee, Brunshaupten, and Heigendamm. Polte had given up his ambition to be a Wagnerian tenor. However he had enough voice left to retire singing Manrico on October 4 1909 after a career of 30 years. Polte died on April 10 1910 in Schleswig.
Reference: Einhard Luther, So viel der Helden, Biographie eines stimmfaches Teil 3, Wagnertenöre der Kaiserzeit, (1871-1918)

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