17 April 2009

Happy Birthday, Siegfried Jerusalem!

Siegfried Jerusalem was born 69 years ago today. He is by many regarded as the best heroic tenor of his generation. Some of the highlights of his career are his Tristan in Heiner Müller's Bayreuth production and his Siegfried in Harry Kupfer's Ring, also in Bayreuth. Jerusalem currently teaches at the Nuremberg School of Music (Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg).

heiner muller tristanAt Bayreuth Siegfried Jerusalem also sang Walther von Stolzing, Lohengrin, Froh, Junger Seemann (Tristan), Parsifal and Siegmund.

Luckily Siegfried Jerusalem didn't agree with Georg Solti, who in his very peculiar autobiography Solti on Solti wrote that Jerusalen "had a lovely, lyrical voice but he should have stuck to Mozart and other, lighter repertoire". Anne Evans, who sang Brünnhilde in Harry Kupfer's Ring, is of another opinion. In an interview with Wagneropera.net she says: "The finest Heldentenor in my time was Siegfried Jerusalem and I consider myself hugely fortunate to have had the opportunity to sing with him so often."

Siegfried Jerusalem at Bayreuth

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

He's great! The best! And Evans well!