Personalities | Richard Mayr | Turn of the Century | Opera

1877–1935, Austrian

Mayr was persuaded to consider singing by Mahler. He studied in Vienna before making his debut in Bayreuth. Immediately afterwards, Mahler engaged him to sing at the Vienna Hofoper, where he worked for over 30 years. He was admired by Strauss, who wanted him to take on the creation of Baron Ochs in Der Rosenkavalier. In spite of his inability to undertake the premiere, his performance in the role a few months later proved how well suited he was for the part. Mayr was able to take on a wide range of roles, from Wotan to Figaro, and he was admired for his spontaneity. Mayr possessed a full, rich voice and was able to perform with great virtuosity.

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