Fritz Vogelstrom

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Caricature of Fritz Vogelstrom label

Picture of Fritz Vogelstrom label
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 (Lohengrin)
1912 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 Münster.
Fritz Vogelstrom sings Die Walküre: Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond
In RA Format

Fritz Vogelstrom sings Der Troubadour: Lodern zum Himmel
In RA Format

Fritz Vogelstrom sings Der Bajazzo: Hüll' dich in Tand
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.

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