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Open Features: Paul Schoffler

Peter Wintersgill introduces us to Paul Schoffler who created a number of Twentieth Century operatic roles.

Born
15th. September 1897 in Dresden.

Adolescence
Studied in Dresden, Berlin & Milan.

Adult life
Opera debut Dresden 1925, sang there till 1937, then at Vienna Opera till 1970. Covent Garden debut 1934 as Donner, New York Met debut 1949. He sang many Mozart and Verdi roles, but was known chiefly for his Wagner roles, eg Sachs, Wotan and The Dutchman. He created the roles of Strauss' Barak in Die Frau ohne Schatten and Jupiter in his Die Liebe der Danae, also the title role in Einem's Danton's Tod.

His warm impressive voice was also admired in lieder. He died 21st. November 1977 in Amersham aged 80.

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