Eberhard Wächter

Opera singer

1929 – 1992

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Who was Eberhard Wächter?

Eberhard Wächter was an Austrian baritone, particularly celebrated for his performances in the operas of Mozart, Richard Wagner, and Richard Strauss. After retiring from singing, he became an administrator of the Vienna Volksoper and the Vienna State Opera.

Born in Vienna, Wächter studied at the University of Vienna and the Vienna Academy of Music. In 1953, he began voice lessons with Elisabeth Radó. That same year he made his operatic debut, as Silvio in Ruggiero Leoncavallo's Pagliacci, at the Vienna Volksoper. In 1954, he debuted at the Vienna State Opera. In 1956, he debuted at Covent Garden, as Count Almaviva in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, and at the Salzburg Festival, as Arbace in Mozart's Idomeneo; in 1958, at Bayreuth, as Amfortas in Wagner's Parsifal; in 1959, at the Paris Opera, as Wolfram in Wagner's Tannhäuser; in 1960, at both La Scala and the Lyric Opera of Chicago, as Count Almaviva; and, in January 1961, at the Metropolitan Opera, as Wolfram.

In 1963 he was awarded the title Kammersänger. In 1980 he created the role of Joseph in Gottfried von Einem's Jesu Hochzeit, opposite Karan Armstrong.

In 1969, Wächter appeared as Don Giovanni on the set of postal stamps issued by Austria to commemorate the centenary of the Vienna Staatsoper.

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Born
Jul 9, 1929
Vienna
Also known as
  • Waechter, Eberhard
Nationality
  • Austria
Profession
Education
  • University of Vienna
Lived in
  • Vienna
Died
Mar 29, 1992

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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