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Eberhard Wächter (Bass-Baritone)

Born: July 9, 1929 - Vienna, Austria
Died: March 29, 1992 - Vienna, Austria

The Austrian baritone and operatic administrator, Eberhard Wächter (Waechter), studied at the University of Vienna, the Vienna Academy of Music (1950-1953), and with Elisabeth Rado.

In 1953 Eberhard Wächter made his operatic debut as Silvio at the Vienna Volksoper. From 1954 he was a member of the Vienna State Opera, and in 1963 he was named as Austrian Kammersänger. He made his debut in at Londonís Covent Garden as Count Almaviva and his first appearance at the Salzburg Festival as Arbace in Idomeneo in 1956. In 1958 he made his debut at the Bayreuth Festival as Amfortas. He sang for the first time at the Paris Opéra as Wolfram in 1959. In 1960 he sang Count Almaviva at his debuts at Milanís La Scala and Chicagoís Lyric Opera. In January 1961 he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in New York as Wolfram. In subsequent years, he continued to appear regularly in Vienna, where he created the role of Joseph in Einemís Jesu Hochzeit in 1980.

In 1987 Eberhard Wächter became director of the Vienna Volksoper. From 1991 he was also co-director of the Vienna State Opera.

Source: Bakerís Biographical Dictionary of 20th Century Classical Musicians (1997)
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Aryeh Oron (July 2001)

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