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FRIEDRICH SCHORR, Bass-Baritone * 02 September 1888, Oradea, Romani + 14 August 1953, Farmington, Connecticut, United States;

01 Apr

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Arguably the greatest Wagnerian baritone of the 20th century. He made an auspicious debut in Graz as Wotan in 1912. Prague, Berlin, Covent Garden and Cologne as Amonasro, Escamillo, Barak, Borromeo in “Palestrina”, Dr. Faust (Busoni), Scarpia, Michele and Pizarro before coming to the Metropolitan Opera in 1924. Bayreuth from 1925 to 1933. His reign at the Met ended in 1943 as the Wanderer in “Siegfried”. His great principle was that Wagner should be sung, as far as possible, following the best Italian methods of voice-production and style. He insisted on the primary importance of the vowels, and said that he himself would approach a performance of Wotan’s Farewell with as much care for the cantilena, the legato singing-line, as if it were one of the baritone solos in “Un Ballo in Maschera”.

Short Biography by Charles Rhodes

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Photo credit: Cantabile-Subito

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As Don Pizarro (photo by Herman Mishkin)

Photo credit: Cantabile-Subito

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