Death of the famous German tenor Peter Schreier

Mort du célèbre ténor allemand Peter Schreier

Peter Schreier

December 26, 2019 21h26

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Death of the famous German tenor Peter Schreier

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FRANKFURT — The world-famous tenor and conductor German Peter Schreier died at the age of 84 years after a long illness, on Thursday announced his secretary.

Considered one of the best tenors of the Twentieth century, and one of the few international stars from the former east Germany Is communist, Peter Schreier died in his hometown of Dresden (East).

He had left the opera at the age of 65 years, in the year 2000, confident as he was too old to continue to play on stage the roles of young lovers.

It has, however, continued to give recitals of Lieder German for several years, to lead and to teach, until his health problems, including diabetes, become too heavy to bear.

It was produced for decades in some of the most prestigious opera houses of the world, including Berlin, Vienna, Salzburg, New York and Milan.

“A day without music is a day lost,” he used to say, according to the German agency DPA.

Born July 29, 1935 in the small town of Gauernitz, near Dresden, Peter Schreier was the son of a choir master. At the age of 8 years old, he had joined the famous choir of boys Kreuzchor of Dresden.

He made his opera debut in 1959 at the State opera of Dresden, in the role of First prisoner in Fidelio by Beethoven.

The intensity and complexity of his game enchantaient many critics.

A prominent member of the opera of East Berlin to Unter den Linden, he had enjoyed many privileges in the GDR, although he was not a member of the communist party SED in power.

From 1972, he had also proven its worth as a conductor, leader, including the Philharmonic of New York and of Vienna.

It was, however, always remained particularly attached to the city of Dresden.

He had given his last public concert in 2005 in Prague, with the Christmas oratorio of Bach.

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