On August 22, 2007, Peter Hofmann’s 63rd birthday, a room in the Stadbücherei in Kemnath, Germany, was dedicated by family, friends, and local officials to honor the tenor’s career. Described as “ a room for remembrance,” the Peter Hofmann-Raum (Room) contains a special collection of paintings, sculpture, photographs, recordings, and videos which bring to life the singer’s extraordinary career and life.
Assembled and curated by Peter’s brother Fritz with the support of Kemnath’s Mayor Werner Nickl and town notables, Dr. Fritz Deinlein and Max Ponnath. The museum is open to the public on weekdays.
Though he was not able to attend the opening in 2007, Peter Hofmann did visit the room before his death and was deeply grateful to his brother and those who made it a reality.
Among the visual exhibits is a stunning bronze bust by Kurt Arentz, as well as Peter Hofmann’s first ” Golden Record ” Rock-Classics, a slide show of photographs, and a fifty-minute video created by Fritz Hofmann, showcasing significant moments in the singer’s career.
Music is, of course, the focus. “Many times I sit by myself alone in the room and I play Peter’s music while looking at the images and thinking back on our wonderful times together, “ says Fritz Hofmann.
Take a Virtual Tour of the Room with these Videos:
Take a peek at a few Guestbook entries:
This room honors the great international successes of our world famous citizen, Peter Hofmann, at the Festspielhaus in Bayreuth, the Paris Opera, and the New York Metropolitan Opera. – Dr. Fritz Deinlein
The memory of your Wuppertal Siegmund and Parsifal is, after more than 30 years, still alive in the hearts of all friends of Wagner. Thank you for unforgettable memories. – Angela Raue for the Wuppertal Wagner Society
We were very eager and delighted to learn of the creation of this memorial room for Peter Hofmann because for decades we have been great fans. We attended many performances of both opera and concert in which Peter appeared and sang so wonderfully. We were always thrilled and lucky to have enjoyed these experiences and we will cherish them for a long time to come. – Elfriede and Günther Huber
Peter’s divine voice will never be forgotten! Morgendlich leuchtend in rosigem Schein!- Josef Zaglmann
You and your brother were at home on so many of the world’s stages. Always with passion and blessed talent. As your friend and companion, I am forever grateful for all the shared experiences throughout the years. You were a “warrior of the light” . . Forever. – Jochen Leuschner