(b Potsdam, 6 Feb 1817; d Munich, 6 March 1891). German bass-baritone. In 1836 he joined the chorus of the Berlin Hofoper, and in 1839 he was engaged at Leipzig, where he took part in the first performance of Albert Lortzing's Caramo. He also created the title role of Lortzing's Hans Sachs (1840) and Eberbach in Der Wildschütz (1842). In 1846 he went to Munich, where he was engaged at the Hofoper until his retirement in 1889. His very large repertory included W. A. Mozart's Figaro and Sarastro, Hidraot in C. W. Gluck's Armide, Indra (Le roi de Lahore) and many of Richard Wagner's baritone and bass roles. He sang Wotan in the first performances of Das Rheingold (1869) and Die Walküre (1870); his repertory also included King Henry (Lohengrin), Fafner, Hunding, Hagen, King Mark and Titurel, which he sang at the first performance of Parsifal at Bayreuth (1882). For the 40th anniversary of his engagement at Munich he sang Stadinger in Lortzing's Der Waffenschmied (1886). His son and three daughters all became singers, the best known of them being Hedwig Reicher-Kindermann.
From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.