Peter Hofmann (22 August 1944 â€“ 30 November 2010)was a German tenor who had a successful performance career within the fields of opera, rock, pop, and musical theatre. He first rose to prominence in 1976 as a heldentenor at the Bayreuth festival where he drew critical acclaim for his performance of Siegmund in Richard Wagner’s Die WalkÃ¼re. He was active as one of the world’s leading Wagnerian tenors over the next decade, performing roles like Lohengrin, Parsifal, Siegfried, and Tristan at major opera houses and festivals internationally.
Hofmann’s busy and demanding schedule in combination with an “imperfect vocal technique”, led to intermittent vocal problems which became more prominent in the singer’s opera performances in the late 1980s.
These difficulties led him to completely abandon his opera career in 1989 in favor of pursuing a fulltime career in popular music.
Hofmann had already spent portions of his opera career performing and recording popular music, and he had already achieved success with tours and recordings of classic rock during the mid to late 1980s. He continued to peform pop and rock songs until his retirement from performance due to health reasons in 1999.He had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1994