Esslair, Ferdinand

(1772-1840)
   Actor, director. Esslair became one of the German theater's most renowned Romantic actors, despite his unusual height and lack of "heroic" good looks. "I cannot imagine a hero whose lady love comes up to his navel," said Johann Wolfgang Goethe of Esslair, though others were kinder in their estimation. Contemporary engravings reveal him as a distinctively handsome man, fully believable in heroic roles for which he became famous: Tell, Wallenstein, Lear, Claudius, and even Götz von Berlichingen. Esslair was a member of several provincial ensembles before he joined the Munich Court Theater in 1820 both as an actor and director. He had what many termed an "overpowering" voice. His acting style resembled Ludwig Devrient's to a degree, though Esslair was perhaps more dependable for grandiloquence in gesture.

Historical dictionary of German Theatre. . 2006.

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  • Ferdinand Esslair — Ferdinand Eßlair (* 2. Februar 1772 in Esseg, Slawonien oder in Gotschdorf oder Geppersdorf zu Schlesien; † 10. November 1840 in Innsbruck) war ein österreichisch deutscher Schauspieler slawonischer oder schlesischer Herkunft (auch in der neuen… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Ferdinand Eßlair — (* 2. Februar 1772 in Esseg, Slawonien oder in Gotschdorf oder Geppersdorf in Schlesien; † 10. November 1840 in Innsbruck) war ein österreichisch deutscher Schauspieler …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • Bibliography —    Published material on the German theater is both extensive and, as Prof. Simon Williams, one of the great historians of the German theater, once noted, it is dauntingly vast. No bibliography as part of a volume such as this could even… …   Historical dictionary of German Theatre

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