Willi Brokmeier

German tenor Willi Brokmeier was born in Bochum, Westphalia, on 8 April 1928 and studied at Dortmund Conservatory.

He began his career singing at Staatstheater Mainz and then worked at Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf (1955-61), during which period he made guest appearances in Austria, Italy, Japan, Netherlands and elsewhere in Germany.

From 1961 until 1964, he was a member of the ensemble at Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich, he sang at Cologne Opera (1964-7) and from 1967 onwards he was at Bavarian State Opera, back in Munich.

He was known for his roles in operetta, and appeared in various TV adaptations, including as Prinz Sternschnuppe in Paul Lincke's Frau Luna. Another favourite role was Pedrillo in Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail. He took part in the first performances of Bernd Alois Zimmermann's Die Soldaten, Ján Cikker's Das Spiel von Liebe und Tod and in the revival of Franz Joseph Haydn's reconstructed Le pescatrici.

Willi Brokmeier died on 18 May 2024, aged ninety-six.


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