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Waldemar Staegemann

Waldemar Staegemann
Foto: Hugo Erfurth (1874-1948)

1879 - 1958

The actor and opera singer Waldemar Staegemann grew up in a musical family. His father Max Staegemann was general manager of the Stadttheater Leipzig, his mother was the violinist Hildegard Kirchner.

After his school education he studied law which he finished successfully. 
However afterwards he struck a new path as an artist and he began as a stage actor at the Königliches Schauspielhaus in Berlin where he appeared from 1902 to 1912.

He soon became established as a theater actor still he wanted to gain a foothold as a singer at the music theater as well.
He made his debut as a bariton at the Hofoper Dresden in 1912 where he remained active till 1936. He also became accepted in this genre in no time and became a demanded artist. 
It didn't last long and international appearances in Paris and London followed.

The versatile Waldemar Staegemann enlarged his field of activity when he realised several performances as a director in Dresden too. 

Waldemar Staegemann retired from the stage in 1939 and dedicated to the young artists as a singing teacher at the Musikhochschule in Berlin. Later followed a similar function in Hamburg.

He made his film debut already in 1919 with "Verlorene Seelen" (19) but it should be his only silent movie. 
Only from 1954 he acted again in front of the camera for some TV productions like "Ein Mann aus einer grossen Stadt" (54) with Hans Zesch-Ballot and Harry Meyen, "Der öffentliche Ankläger" (55) with Heinz Drache and "Die bösen Männer" (55) with Arnold Marquis, Werner Riepel and Roland Kaiser.

Besides his acting artistry he also wrote some poems. 

His sister Helene Staegemann became also an opera singer.