Alvary, Max


Famed mid-19th century German Wagnerian tenor, first to sing Siegfried and Loge in America



Autograph ID: 6687
Condition: Very good, vertical center fold
Description: “(b. Maximilian Achenbach, 1856-1898) German operatic tenor, pursued his singing career over the initial objections of his father. He studied in Frankfurt and in Milan, and with his fine dramatic voice and a handsome stage presence, speedily made a reputation in Germany in the leading Wagnerian opera roles. From 1885 he appeared in England and the US. His US debut was in "Carmen" in 1885, the same performance as Lilli Lehmann's US debut. In 1887, Alvary appeared as the title character in the American premiere of Wagner's "Siegfried" at the Metropolitan Opera. Vividly embodying Siegfried's youth and fiery individualism, the tenor created a sensation and became an idol of New York opera goers until his departure in 1889. The principal Wagnerian tenor also sang the US premiere as Loge and sang Tristan at Bayreuth in 1891. In 1892, his performances as Tristan and Siegfried at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden aroused great enthusiasm. In October 1894, he was seriously injured in a fall while rehearsing Siegfried at Mannheim and never fully recovered; he retired from the stage in 1897 and died the next year.

Signed 3 x 5 ¼ slip, adds New York, 1895; frameable”
Type: Signature

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