Friedrich Schorr

Friedrich Schorr
Friedrich Schorr (September 2, 1888 – August 14, 1953), was a renowned Austrian-Hungarian bass-baritone opera singer of Jewish origin. He later became a naturalized American.

Schorr is recognized as the greatest Wagnerian bass-baritone of his generation, arguably of the entire 20th century, and was particularly famous for his profound portrayals of Wotan in Der Ring des Nibelungen and Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. He was celebrated, too, for his appearances as Don Pizarro in Beethoven's Fidelio.

His voice was powerful, steady, and rich-toned, with a beautiful mezza voce. He placed a special and an emphasis on maintaining a smooth, legato line in his singing, with no trace of Sprechgesang. Towards the end of Schorr's career, his extreme top notes became somewhat 'wooden', however, as the result of many years of strenuous usage.
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Friedrich Schorr

Friedrich Schorr

Friedrich Schorr (September 2, 1888 – August 14, 1953), was a renowned Austrian-Hungarian bass-baritone opera singer of Jewish origin. He later became a naturalized American.

Schorr is recognized as the greatest Wagnerian bass-baritone of his generation, arguably of the entire 20th century, and was particularly famous for his profound portrayals of Wotan in Der Ring des Nibelungen and Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. He was...
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WAGNER The Potted Ring - Volume One

Das Rheingold
Die Walküre
Studio recordings, 1926-32
Total duration: 2hr 33:07

Frida Leider ∙ Friedrich Schorr ∙ Emmi Leisner
Florence Austral ∙ Walter Widdop ∙ Göta Ljungberg
Albert Coates ∙ Leo Blech, conductors


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WAGNER The Potted Ring - Volume 3: Götterdämmerung, Motives and Extras
Studio recordings, 1926-31
Total duration: 2hr 23:59 and 60:30 

Florence Austral ∙ Walter Widdop
Rudolf Laubenthal ∙ Maartje Offers ∙ Ivar Andrésen

Lauritz Melchior ∙ Friedrich Schorr

Götterdämmerung: Albert Coates ∙ Leo Blech
Appendix: Lawrance Collingwood ∙ Leo Blech ∙ Karl Muck 


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    WAGNER The Potted Ring - Volume Two: Siegfried
    Studio recordings, 1928-32
    Total duration: 2hr 31:10

    Lauritz Melchior ∙ Florence Easton ∙ Friedrich Schorr
    Heinrich Tessmer ∙ Eduard Habich ∙ Albert Reiss
    Rudolf Bockelmann ∙ Emil Schipper ∙ Maria Olszewska ∙ Nora Gruhn
    Robert Heger ∙ Albert Coates ∙ Karl Alwin, conductors
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    GOUNOD Faust

    Live in the Theater unter der Linden, Berlin, 1928
    Total duration: 79:50

    Friedrich Schorr
    Berlin State Opera Orchestra & Chorus
    Leo Blech, conductor
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    WAGNER Siegfried

    Recorded live in 1937
    Total duration:  3hr 25:51

    Lauritz Melchior, Siegfried
    Friedrich Schorr,
    Wanderer
    Kirsten Flagstad,
    Brünhilde

    Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
    conducted by Arthur Bodanzky