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Max Alvary, German tenor
Private collection of T. Max Hochstetler
Max Alvary (1856 - 1898) - Wagnerian tenor
Max Alvary was born in Dusseldorf, Prussia (Germany) on 3 May 1856. He was the son of noted painter, Andreas Achenbach, and was given the birth name, Maximillian Achenbach. Alvary a tenor was acclaimed among Wagnerian opera singers in Germany, America and Britain. He made debut in Weimar in 1879 in role of Alessandro Saradella. His debut in New York's Metropolitan Opera was as Don Carlos opposite Lilli Lehmann, who was also making her American debut. At the Met Alvary was the first to perform the roles of Siegfried and Adolar. Under the direction of conductor Gustav Mahler at Convent Garden in London he gave the debut performance in "Ring of Nibelung, " Wagner's opera. His wife was named Thekla, but there is little available information about her and his private life. Max Alvary retired from the stage in 1897 due to illness, following nearly two decades of heavy performance calendars. He died 7 November 1898 and is buried at Ohlsdorf Cemetery in Hamburg, Germany.
(Kindly contributed by Max Hochstetler, June 2007)