Hans Hotter

Hans Hotter (January 19, 1909 – December 8, 2003) was a German operatic bass-baritone.

He was born in Offenbach am Main and studied with Matthäus Roemer in Munich. He worked as an organist and choirmaster before making his operatic debut in Troppau in 1930.

He performed in Germany and Austria under the Fascist regime, but was unable to pursue an international career until his Covent Garden debut in 1947. After that time, he toured to all the major opera houses in Europe. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut as the title role in The Flying Dutchman (in English) in 1950. In four seasons at the Met, he performed 35 times in 13 roles, almost all Wagnerian.

He was especially known for his portrayal of Wotan in Der Ring des Nibelungen. At the end of his prime vocal powers, his interpretation of Wotan in the operas Die Walkure and Siegfried was documented as part of the first commercial recording of the cycle in the early 1960s, with conductor Georg Solti and record producer John Culshaw. He also directed a complete Ring at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden from 1961 to 1964. His magnificent portrayal of Gurnemanz in Parsifal was captured on record in Hans Knappertsbusch"s second live recording at Bayreuth.

He was a much-admired Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg but preferred to sing the smaller role of Pogner, because it sat better in his voice. He was also celebrated for his Pizzaro in Beethoven"s Fidelio of which a live 1960s recording from Covent Garden was issued for the first time in 2005.

Although his international fame was almost entirely in the German repertoire, in Germany he was also known for performing Verdi in the vernacular and was, for example, a popular Falstaff and a formidable Grand Inquisitor in Don Carlo.

As a Lieder singer he had few peers. Of German male singers of the 1950s and 1960s only Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau commanded such widespread admiration and affection. Hotter, like his younger colleague, brought a true feeling for words as well as music to the songs of Schubert, Schumann and others.

Hotter retired from the stage in 1972, but made occasional appearances in small roles thereafter. He was a notable narrator - a spoken part - in Schoenberg"s Gurrelieder, a role he continued to take well into his eighties.

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