Personalities | Franz Betz | High Romantic | Opera

1835–1900, German

The German baritone Franz Betz made his debut in Hanover in 1856, singing the part of Heinrich in Wagner’s Lohengrin. Three years later, he was at the Hofoper in Berlin as Don Carlo in Verdi’s Ernani. He also sang Don Giovanni in Mozart’s opera, Amonasro in Verdi’s Aida and the title roles in Hans Heiling by Heinrich Marschner (1795–1861) and Verdi’s Falstaff. Betz created the role of Hans Sachs in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, singing it again at Bayreuth in 1889, and took the roles of the Wanderer and Wotan in the first performance of Wagner’s complete Der Ring des Nibelungen.

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