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Peter Schreier (Tenor)

Born: 29th July 1935, Meissen, Germany

Died: 25th December 2019, Dresden, Germany

Nationality: German

Peter Schreier was a German tenor in opera, concert and lied, and a conductor. He was regarded as one of the leading lyric tenors of the 20th century.

Schreier was a member of the Dresdner Kreuzchor conducted by Rudolf Mauersberger, performing as an alto soloist. He became a tenor, focused on concert and lieder singing, well known internationally for the Evangelist parts in Bach's Christmas Oratorio and Passion. A member of the Berlin State Opera from 1963, he appeared in Mozart roles such as Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, and in the title role of Pfitzner's Palestrina, among others. He appeared at the Vienna State Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, among others, as one of few singers from the German Democratic Republic to perform internationally.

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Obituary, Peter Schreier (1935-2019)

The German lyric tenor and conductor, who was particularly acclaimed for his interpretations of Schubert lieder and the Bach Passions, has died aged 84.

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