Hofmann, Peter, outstanding German tenor; b. Marienbad, Aug. 12, 1944. He studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe. He made his operatic debut in 1972 in Lübeck as Tamino; in 1973 he joined the Württemberg State Theater in Stuttgart. He came to prominence in his performance of the role of Siegmund in the centennial Bayreuth productions of Der Ring des Nibelungen (1976); that same year, he made his first appearance at London’s Covent Garden in the same role. He made his U.S. debut as Siegmund with the San Francisco Opera in 1977; sang Lohengrin on Jan. 24, 1980, at his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. In 1986 he sang Tristan at the Bayreuth Festival. His other roles included Max, Florestan, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Loge, and Bacchus.
M. Müller, P. K: Singen ist wie Fliegen (Bonn, 1983).
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