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Henny Wolff (Soprano)

Born: February 3, 1890 - Cologne, Germany
Died: January 29, 1965 - Hamburg, Germany

The German soprano, Henny Wolff, was born into a musical family. Her father, Karl Wolff, was a respected music critic, her mother, Henriette Wolff-Dwillat, was a concert singer and singing teacher. Henny Wolff studied with her mother and from 1906 to 1912 at the Conservatory of Cologne, and later with the famous pedagogue Julius von Raatz-Brockmann in Berlin.

In 1912 Henny Wolff joined a Cologne Gürzenich first public concert. She then had a great career in concert halls in Germany and abroad. As a J.S. Bach and G.F. Handel interpreter, she enjoyed a worldwide reputation. In the field of Lieder singing she sang Lied compositions by the composer Hermann Reutter, who often accompanied her on the piano. She also had a great interest in the contemporary music scene with. Occasionally, she also appeared on the opera stage, but rthe concert singing emained her real field. Concert tours in Germany, Italy, Romania and Yugoslavia brought her significant success.

Parallel to her singing career, Henny Wolff also worked as a singing teacher. From 1914 to 1916 she taught at the Conservatory of Bonn, in 1922 she went to Berlin, where she was also teaching. In 1950 she was appointed professor at the Musikhochschule in Hamburg. A number of important artists owe Henny Wolff their education.

Recordings: on DGG-Polydor and Electrola.

Source: Operissimo Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (May 2010)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (May 2010); Manfred Krugmann (Dates, May 2011; Photos 01-02, July 2011)

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