Personalities | Friedrich Schorr | Modern Era | Opera
Schorr’s rolling Wagnerian bass was the model of grandeur and his poetic sensibility invaluable to his portrayal of Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger. After studying in America, Schorr sang small roles in Chicago before returning to Europe. His real debut was in 1912, performing Wotan in Die Walküre and his tenure with the Berlin Staatsoper allowed him to sing the great Wagnerian roles. He sang extensively at Bayreuth, Covent Garden and the Met. Schorr’s recording legacy confirms his stature as the greatest Wagnerian bass of the twentieth century.
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