The Peter Hofmann Room in the Stadtbücherei Kemnath continues to offer a place where admirers of the tenor can come to pay their respects and enjoy memorabilia from his exciting career. Fritz Hofmann supplied this latest photo of the room, as well as several new photographs of Peter as Lohengrin and Peter in Berlin for the 750th anniversary celebration. Check them out here in the gallery.
Fritz Hofmann has added this lovely photo of Peter Hofmann and Jeannine Altmeyer, the reigning Siegmund and Sieglinde of their time, from the San Francisco Opera production from 1985. Enjoy!
We continue to receive tributes to Peter Hofmann’s memory and the indelible way in which he impacted the music world and the hearts of so many friends and fans. An excerpt from a recent comment from Artie Matz sums up a great many of these letters: For me he was a trail blazer and a pathfinder because he did not follow the traditional path of an opera singer. He was the first true crossover artist. I first came to know him in Lohengrin, Walküre and was a fan of Phantom of the Opera. Peter Hofmann broadened my musical horizons. Read entire tribute here.
Continuing the crossover theme of these memories Fritz Hofmann has added some photos from Bayreuth to the classical gallery and a lovely shot of Peter at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles. Click here for Photos.
With the opening of Bayreuth this summer, thoughts inevitably turn to Peter Hofmann’s more than decade-long tenure on the Green Hill. Fritz Hofmann shares two new photos of Peter in roles he sang to great success in Bayreuth and around the world: Lohengrin (a lovely photo in his dressing room) and Siegmund. Click here to see the entire photo gallery.
This month we add to Peter Hofmann’s Private Photo Gallery two images from Fritz Hofmann’s archive. (Click here.) The first shows their mother Inge standing front of the lovely house in Marienbad where Peter was born and the second depicts Fritz and Peter as boys. Enjoy!
Fritz Hofmann has added his story about his and Peter’s magical time living at Schloss Schönreuth. Click here and scroll to # 10 to read about the purchase of the mansion, its renovation, and the happy days spent there. We have also added a few new photos to the personal gallery. Enjoy!
Fritz Hofmann has shared several new photographs of Peter in casual moments. He is shown playing the horn with members of the Bayreuth orchestra, in “smoking” for a gala affair, and in this lovely family portrait of Peter, Fritz, and their mother, Inge. Click HERE to view them.
When 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!
Fritz Hofmann is delighted to share this wonderful photo collage of Peter Hofmann.
We’d also like to call your attention to a recent article in Scene 4 Magazine, entitled Four Tenors (and a Baritone): Falling in Love with Opera by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold. The piece reminisces about the magic of the tenor voice and four special singers who made the author a life-long opera lover. The third of these voices is Peter Hofmann’s and that section of the article is reproduced here on the site. Read More.
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.