The Met’s Meistersinger star: Blowing horn is much harder than singing Wagner

The Met’s Meistersinger star: Blowing horn is much harder than singing Wagner


norman lebrecht

November 23, 2021

Klaus Florian Vogt, who played horn in the Hamburg opera house before he transitioned to Heldentenor, compares the two vocations with colleagues from the Met’s horn section:

Listern and compare.



  • Larry says:

    Great to see and hear this!

  • MacroV says:

    Massively cool. I had no idea he was a horn player. Still some chops, apparently.

  • Chris says:

    Absolutely made my day

  • Shalom Rackovsky says:

    A very excellent performance of one of the truly great horn moments. And any horn player will tell you the same- Meistersinger is an absolute killer.

  • Denise Brain says:

    LOL: all of us horn players know that it isn’t easy and he did a great job with the Call. 🙂 And he’s a great tenor too!

  • Caecilius says:

    Would rather he would have stuck with the horn, so that we might be spared his castrated, flat, and colourless ‘singing’.

  • ruben Greenberg says:

    Fritz Wunderlich was also a horn player. If you can play the horn, you can do anything!

  • Con Brio says:

    That’s the best Scott Brubaker ever sounded! Bravo!

  • ThrownOutOfTheKremlinForSinging says:

    Fritz Wunderlich was also a horn player as well as a tenor.

    • Gustavo says:

      Has any tenor ever in history attempted to sing Siegfried and play the horn in the dragon scene?

      Many have championed the anvil.

  • Fred says:

    Better horn player than heldentenor, in the fifties and sixties he ‘might have been good enough for Ruiz with that bizarre choir boy sound. The Ian bostridge of “ heldentenors” , poor Melchior, Lorenz etc

  • Gustavo says:

    Although his voice isn’t ideal for the role of Siegfried, one day, he should consider blowing the horn infront of Fafner’s cave.

  • Denise Brain says:

    Wolfgang Windgassen was also a horn player! 🙂