We are fortunate and very grateful that legendary soprano, Jeannine Altmeyer, was able to speak to Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold for this exclusive remembrance of her friend and colleague, Peter Hofmann.
In the summer of 2000 Peter Hofmann and Jeannine Altmeyer visited the Bayreuth Festival together for the first time since they had last performed there in Tristan und Isolde in 1986. They were mobbed by fans and colleagues, delighted to see their idols once more on the Grünen Hügel. It was the last time Altmeyer would see her good friend in person, and the visit brought back a flood of wonderful memories. The Wagner “dream pair,” as they were often called, had made history together in the Chéreau Ring as Siegmund and Sieglinde and had performed together in the world’s great opera houses throughout the late 70s and 80s. Now retired and living in Southern California, Altmeyer graciously consented to talk about the special place Peter Hofmann held in her artistic life and her memories of a magical time. READ MORE HERE.