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Peter Hofmann is dead

Post  Josephine on Tue Nov 30, 2010 4:07 pm

I've only just read it. Peter Hofmann, first German Phantom, died last night at the age of 66. Hofmann was diagnosed with Parkinson ten years ago. For the last two years, he suffered from dementia as well.

Peter Hofmann: August 22nd 1944 - November 30th 2010. May he rest in peace.

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Post  Scorp on Tue Nov 30, 2010 4:14 pm

Just heard the news. Crying or Very sad Apparently he had pneumonia on top of all that. Not a great combination. And he was only 66.

Deborah Sasson, his ex-wife, who has been playing Christine in the last few years in Peter Moss' (not very good) adaptation of Phantom had been using the proceeds from some of the shows to provide him with medical care because apparently he wasn't even able to afford it (?).

Very sad. That's the second Phantom death we've had this week.



Hofmann playing the Phantom in Hamburg

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Hofmann with Anna Maria Kaufmann (original German Christine) at the last performance of the Hamburg production


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Post  MasqPhan on Tue Nov 30, 2010 4:23 pm

Very sad. Sixty-six is far too young to die.

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Post  Phantomlove on Tue Nov 30, 2010 4:38 pm

Sad, very sad. It also reminds me of my grandfather who also suffered from a combo of Parkinson and dementia and who died at 69. I feel 66 or 69 is far too young.

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Post  justin-from-barbados on Tue Nov 30, 2010 5:47 pm

Sad to hear Crying or Very sad He was the 3rd foreign language Phantom I heard (on CD) and had a very unique voice.

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Post  operafantomet on Tue Nov 30, 2010 6:11 pm

I second the RIPs - 66 seems way too young both have lived with the Parkinson diagnose and to pass away. I raise my glass while singing a sad "It's over now, the music of the night". Sad

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Post  SenorSwanky on Tue Nov 30, 2010 7:09 pm

That's really sad. Parkinson's is a terrible disease that's often paired with dementia later in life.

The prevalence of Phantom-related deaths just points out how long the show has now run--in 24 years, it's surprising so many cast and creative team members are still with us.

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Post  ladygodiva on Wed Dec 01, 2010 12:34 am

How sad the last few years

May he rest in peace.

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Post  TheMaskedLion on Wed Dec 01, 2010 1:35 am

R.I.P *sniffles* I really loved him in the role. I found...this on Youtube, I am pretty sure it's proshot, and it was uploaded by someone who claimed to be Anna Maria Kaufmann, if this is against T.O.S mods, please remove. But, I know so few have seen him in the role.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YBI73sfgow

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Post  IamErik771 on Wed Dec 01, 2010 4:51 am

Thanks for that link! I was always curious about what he was like in that scene. I don't think I'd ever seen clips of him in the role, though I love listening to him on the Hamburg cast album. But yeah, he was a superb Phantom and a great man, and he'll definitely be missed.

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Post  Scorp on Mon Dec 06, 2010 11:28 am

Count-Alexiel-Ravenswood wrote:R.I.P *sniffles* I really loved him in the role. I found...this on Youtube, I am pretty sure it's proshot, and it was uploaded by someone who claimed to be Anna Maria Kaufmann, if this is against T.O.S mods, please remove. But, I know so few have seen him in the role.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YBI73sfgow

What great footage! Thanks!

Here's a television appearance of Peter Hofmann and Anna Maria Kaufmann singing the title song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcksqPMbnFM&feature=player_embedded

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Post  ML6 on Tue Dec 07, 2010 6:18 am

Long time ago, someone gave me the Hamburg CD. I don't know why I haven't listened to it until now (guess because I was intrigued). I really like him! Smile

Sad that I finally heard him after the fact. :/ R.I.P

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Post  ladygodiva on Sat Dec 11, 2010 7:47 pm

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118028268

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Post  ladygodiva on Sat Dec 11, 2010 7:58 pm

http://www.sueddeutsche.de/kultur/tenor-peter-hofmann-ist-tot-hofmanns-traeumereien-1.1030313

my computer would not allow me to translate

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