Vogelstrom was born on November 4, 1882 in Westfalen. He undertook is first small part at
the age of 14 in Robert und Bertam as "Schildwache" at the Herforder Stadttheater. In 1898,
Vogelstrom joined a Männerquartett "Sänger von Finsterwalde".. When
performing with the group, he was heard by the director of the Hamburg Opera who proposed
him a contract. However, Vogelstrom was drafted at that time and instead of going to
Hamburg, he went to Hannover. Vogelstrom had an accident and was released fom the
service. He joined another quartett "Rheinische Männerquartett" in Manheim. The
director of the Mannheim Opera August Basserman heard him and asked him to audition .
His audition was on 23 November 1903 and has a result got 5 year contract. His first parts in
Mannheim were Max, Tamino, Alessandro Stradella and the Seamann (Tristan und
Isolde).The number one Heldentenor of the Mannheim Opera Friedrich Carlén died and
that that was Vogelstrom's big break, He added to his repertory Lohengrin, Stolzing,
Siegfried, Tristan. In 1915, Vogelstrom married the soprano lilly Hafgren-Waag, with whom
he recorded for Odeon. For his last performance in Mannhein, Vogelstrom choosed Pedro.
Vogelstrom went on to Dresden. He was warmly welcomed in Dresden because their three
helden tenors Burrian, von Bary and Sembach where not able to sing for different reasons.
He made his debut in Dresden as Max. There, Vogelstrom added to his repertory Bacchus,
Hans Kraft (Bärenhäuter), Kaiser, Gomella (Sonnenflammen) and a part in Hand
und Herz. He added also Tannhäuser, Parsifal, Canio/turiddu (same evening where he
received 42 curtain calls), Herodes, Rienzi,..etc
Vogelstrom made many guest appearances, for example:
1908, He sang in Dresden, before becoming a member of the troupe, replacing Burrian in
Tiefland, followed by Carmen and La Boheme.
1909, Vogelstrom made his debut in Bayreuth as Froh on July 25. He was supposed to sing
Lohengrin, but behind the scene intrigues, by the wife of von Bary, made sure he did not
appear. However Vogelstrom appeared as Parsifal on July 31, and August 8. In 1909 he
also sang in Vienna.
1910 Berlin (Stolzing), 1911 Nürnberg (Stolzing), München (Stolzing), Essen
1913 Hannover (Lohengrin), Bielefeld (Lohengrin), Nürnberg (Siegfried)
1922 Zoppot Siegfried
Vogelstrom continued to sing in Dresden until 1928. He died on 25 December 1963 in
Köthen, after having lost all his properties during the bombing of Dresden where he
lived during the war.
Vogelstrom recorded for Gramophon, Odeon, Pathé, Vox, Homocord and Parlophon a total of 125 sides.
Excerpts from Vogelstrom's Repertory
Der Freischütz, Die Zauberflöte, Alessandro Stradella,
Tristan und Isolde, Lohengrin, die Meistersinger von Nürnberg,
die Götterdämmerung, Ariadne auf Naxos,
Bärenhäuter (comp. S. Wagner), die Frau ohne Schatten,
Sonneflammen (comp. S. Wagner), Hand und Herz (comp. Striegler),
La Muette de Portici, Siegfried, Parsifal,Pagliacci, La Juive,
Cavalleria Rusticana, Salome, Rienzi, Tiefland, Carmen, La Boheme,
das Rheingold, etc.
Reference: Stimmen die um die Welt gingen, June 1992
In RA Format
In RA Format
In RA Format
I wish to thank Daniele Godor for the caricature.
I wish to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recording (Trovatore, Walküre) and picture (top).
I wish to thank Tom Silverbörg for the recording (Pagliacci) and label.