Full-length role portrait cabinet card photograph as Werner in Der Trompeter von Säkkingen by Victor Nessler (1884)
From the studio of W. Höffert in Dresden, with decorative studio imprint to lower margin and studio details printed to verso. 168 x108 mm.
Slightly worn and browned.
A student of Julius Stockhausen, Scheidemantel was one of Germany's leading baritones. After early years in Weimar, he spent most of his singing career, from 1886 to 1911, at the Dresden Hofoper, with guest appearances in many places including Covent Garden (from 1884). Famous as a Wagnerian singer, he participated in all Bayreuth festivals from 1886 to 1892, where he sang Wolfram, Telramund, Kurwenal, Hans Sachs, Amfortas, and Klingsor. Roles by other composers in which he excelled were Pizzarro, Alfio (Cavalleria rusticana), and Scarpia; he created the roles of Kunrad (Feuersnot) and Faninal (Der Rosenkavalier) for Richard Strauss.
"Scheidemantel made his entrance to the ensemble of the Dresden Hoftheater [in 1886] as Werner (in Der Trompeter von Säkkingen)." Wildberg, ed.: Das Dresdner Hoftheater der Gegenwart, 2nd ed. (Dresden and Leipzig, 1902), p. 192.
Price: $55.00 other currencies