Life and work
Theo Altmeyer studied from 1953 to 1956 singing at the Cologne Musikhochschule. Even then, his special talent was discovered as an oratorio singer. The WDR hired him and it started a production series of Bach cantatas and sacred music. For many years he was the hearer of the WDR an integral part of the Sunday " Sacred Music ". 1955 prize at the singing competition of broadcasters.
1956 Altmeyer was engaged at the Städtische Oper Berlin, from the 1960/ 1961 he was engaged as first lyric tenor at the Staatstheater Hannover. After the premiere of his opera The Magic Flute Tamino in Die was followed by all the major Mozart roles. For the performances of light operas (including Rossini and Lortzingstraße ) came to him in addition to his vocal flexibility even his comedic talent benefit. In Hanover forgotten is his hilarious Albert Herring in Britten 's opera of the same name, or Offenbach'sche Orpheus in the Underworld. A starring role was his Palestrina by Hans Pfitzner. In this role he also guested at the Stuttgart State Opera and the Vienna State Opera. As a singer of songs he worked with Sebastian and Fritz Neumeyer Peschko.
At the heart of his work remained the sacred music. He was one of the greatest oratorio singers of his time. He coped with his expressive range, best in the style of the lecture voice a repertoire that ranged from medieval to the modern masters, and culminated in Bach interpretation. The Bach Passions, oratorios and cantatas to sing for him was always the same proclamation of the biblical word.
In 1974 he began teaching as a professor at the Musikhochschule Hannover. Among his pupils Dante Diwiak heard. Until 1996, he played with an international panel group for Early Music " La Morra ".