Westenholtz [Westenholz], Ernst Carl Ludwig
- Hans Joachim Marx
(b Weterlingen, Dec 24, 1694; d Stade, 1753). German bass . According to Walther, he was engaged as a treble by the Margravine of Culmbach in 1704 before singing in the Landesschulen and royal chapels at Magdeburg (1710), Brunswick (1711) and Wolfenbüttel (1713). In 1718 he enrolled at the University of Helmstedt, but ‘at the request of Gumbrecht, then director of the opera’, he went to the Hamburg Gänsemarkt in 1719; apart from a spell in Copenhagen from 1721 to 1723, he remained there until 1733 as leading bass. His repertory included Handel’s Curius (Giulio Cesare, 1725) and Tamerlane, Lucas in Keiser’s Der Hamburger Jahrmarkt and Die Hamburger Schlachtzeit and roles by Porta, J. P. Kunzen, Lully, Porpora and Caldara. He sang in at least ten operas by Telemann including Sancio, Das jauchzende Grossbritannien and Die verkehrte Welt (Philosopher), appearing as Apollo in ...