Leo Schützendorf


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(b Cologne, 7 May 1886; d Berlin, 18 Dec 1931). German bass-baritone, brother of Gustav Schützendorf. He studied with Alexander D'Arnals in Cologne and made his début at Düsseldorf in 1908. After engagements in Krefeld, Darmstadt, Wiesbaden and Vienna, he joined the Berlin Staatsoper in 1920. In nine years he made 445 appearances in a repertory of 47 roles, including Ochs, Boris, Beckmesser, Faninal, Méphistophélès and Wozzeck, which he created in 1925. In 1929 he sang in Der Bettelstudent at the Metropoltheater, Berlin, but as he had not obtained leave from the Staatsoper he was dismissed, an event that contributed to his final breakdown and early death. He was a versatile actor, as much at home in tragic roles as in comic ones.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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