Walter Geisler

Soloist, Tenor
Born in Oppeln (Germany) in 1913. He initially studied with Richard Tomler as a baritone and was trained anew by Paul Lohmann as a tenor. He started his professional career at the Greifswald State Theatre (Greifswald Staatstheater) (1938/39), until he was drafted. During the war he sang at the lyric theatres of Brüx (today's Most, Czech Republic, 1940/43) and Reichenberg (today's Liberec, Czech Republic, 1943/44). After the war he appeared at the German theatres of Goettingen (1947), Wiesbaden (1948/49) and was hired by the Hamburg State Opera (1949/57). At the same time, he played Max (The Marksman/Der Freischütz) at the Berlin Comic Opera (Komische Oper Berlin). As an invited artist he appeared at lyric theatres such as: Berlin State Opera (Staatsoper Berlin) (1956/61), Hannover State Theatre (Staatstheater Hannover) (1956/59) and Mannheim National Theatre (Mannheim Nationaltheater) (1959/65). He sang once at the Bayreuth Festival, performing the role of Walther von Stolzing [The Mastersingers of Nuremberg/ Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg] (1957). He also appeared in Amsterdam as Florestan [1960,Fidelio], in Liege as Tristan [1969, Tristan und Isolde] and in Wiesbaden as Tenor/Bacchus [1962, Ariadne on Naxos/ Ariadne auf Naxos], as well as at the Berlin State Opera, (1954/55), London (1957), Graz (1963), Turin, France and Spain. He also sang the roles: Belmonte [Abduction from the Seraglio/Die Entführung aus dem Serail], Erik [The Flying Dutchman/Der fliegende Holländer], Siegmund [The Valkyrie/Die Walküre], Kaiser [The woman without a shadow/Frau ohne Schatten], Otello [Otello], Knight Renato Des Grieux [Manon Lescaut], Rodolfo [La bohème], Don Jose [Carmen].He passed away in Berlin on 9/6/1979. With the Greek National Opera he collaborated once, performing the role of the same name in the opera Tannhäuser] (1966/67).