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Open Features: Richard Tauber

Peter Wintersgill outlines the career of Richard Tauber who made his operatic debut in Mozart's Zauberflote.

Born
16th. May 1892 in Linz, Austria.

Adolescence
Studied in Freyburg and Frankfurt.

Adult life
Opera debut Chemniotz as Tamino in Zauberflote 1913. Sang at Dresden 1913 -25, Vienna 1926-38, becoming popular in Mozart and Strauss operas, and in lieder. He was also well known in operettas, especially Lehar's Land of Smiles. He also wrote musicals, such as Old Chelsea. His final appearance at Covent Garden was in 1947 as Mozart's Ottavio. Towards the end of his life he had serious lung trouble, which eventually led to his death.

He died January 8, 1948, in London aged 55.

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