Remembering Peter Hofmann on his 72th Birthday

bayreuth1Peter Hofmann would have been 72 years old on August 22, 2016.  To remember this remarkable artist, we have added several new photographs and well as Midou Grossman’s appreciation. READ here.

To be sure, Peter Hofmann is not forgotten, especially at Bayreuth. On August 6, 2016, Friedon Rosen in Der Neue Merker wrote of the opening of Parsifal at the Bayreuth Festival:

We have Schager! Perhaps the best Parsifal since Peter Hofmann. . .

At Bayreuth the Austrian Heldentenor Andreas Schager substituted for Klaus Florian Vogt. It was a debut filled with potential….He recalled the days f the 70s and 80s with the legendary Waltraud Meier as Kundry and Peter Hofmann as Parsifal.

 

The Hofmanns on Tenerife in the 1980’s

Fritz Hofmann shared this Hörzu article about the family’s vacation to Tenerife in the 1980’s:

When I Sing, I Must Be in Top Shape!

Star tenor takes a holiday with wife Deborah Sasson on Tenerife, Hörzu’s Chief reporter Karin von Faber visits with him.

Mar Y Sol - Kopie

I meet Peter Hofmann at the swimming pool where a fountain splashes. He gently shakes the splash of warm water from his jeans. At 43, Hofmann says “This is the best time for a Wagner singer.”

Between two Meistersinger performances, he is taking a little holiday in Tenerife at the fitness center, Mar y Sol, deep in the south of the island where the dry air is like no where else and is perfect medicine for the bronchial tubes. Brother Fritz, his manager, and wife Deborah Sasson (33), dancer and singer from Boston, are with him. READ MORE in PRESS.

 

Peter Hofmann at the Met

Peter METWhen I received this wonderfully evocative photo from Fritz Hofmann, it took me back thirty years to the time I was covering the Metropolitan Opera for several international opera magazines, and among some of the most exciting evenings I experienced were with Peter Hofmann on stage – as Siegmund and as Lohengrin. (An excerpt from my Opéra International from November 5, 1986, review is filed in PRESS.) In that decade, he virtually owned those roles, along with that of Parsifal and Stolzing, and he sang them often in New York, in Washington, D.C., at Bayreuth, and in all the world’s great opera houses. Sadly, so few of these performances have been preserved on video, because Peter was truly a cinematic presence as a singing-actor. The three that remain (the Chéreau Walküre, the Bayreuth Lohengrin, and the Met Lohengrin) still stir the heart in watching and listening to them!

Remembering the “Love Me Tender Tour”

Peter Hofmann: A Homecoming of a Special Kind : Der Neue Tag presents the star in Weiden to an enthusiastic crowd

 
gitarre popInge Roegner Der Neue Tag, Weiden, April 1993: 
Peter Hofmann as Siegmund in Bayreuth 1976. 1991 as Phantom of the Opera in Hamburg and now on Friday, April 2 in the Weiden Mehrzweckhalle as a leading rock star. Such a far-reaching career arc! And for some fans of classical opera the path of the world famous tenor may be hard to comprehend. Nevertheless,in the virtually sold out house the enthusiastic Western rider, who has occupied many a different saddle, has proved his point. The star and darling of the ladies (the audience was primarily female) ensured, together with a super band and dazzling technical effects, acoustic, and lighting, a fabulous visual and acoustic experience, presented by Der Neue Tag. Read More in PRESS.

Fritz Hofmann Shares New Photos and Press

Peter Hofmann Filming in Namibia

Peter Hofmann Filming in Namibia

Fritz Hofmann has contributed ten new photos of his brother to the Photo Galleries, including some amusing private shots of Peter Hofmann atop the Paris Opera, filming a television episode while on African safari in Namibia, and clowning with a toy swan at Schönreuth, as well as some new opera and pop stage photos. These rare glimpses of Peter offer a delightful look at the many facets of his personality as an artist and a man.  New press clippings have been added this month as well.