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Is dead, Peter Schreier, the first great tenor of East Germany

The tenor and conductor, the German Peter Schreier , the interpreter of memorable opera performances in the major theatres of europe and the constant presence

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Is dead, Peter Schreier, the first great tenor of East Germany
The tenor and conductor, the German Peter Schreier , the interpreter of memorable opera performances in the major theatres of europe and the constant presence for more than thirty years at the Salzburg festival, has died at Dresden, after a long illness at the age of 84 years. Schreier, who retired from the opera stage at the age of 65, he continued to hold a recital for then devote himself to teaching, until the time when health problems have had the upper hand. He has performed in all the major opera houses of the world, from Berlin to Vienna, Salzburg, New York and Milan. After a prestigious career as a tenor specializing in the repertoire of melodramatic German, has made his debut as a conductor in Salzburg in 1987, directing repeatedly the works of Beethoven and Mozart. In 2001, for the teatro La Fenice, Venice, he conducted the st John Passion of Bach in the basilica of San Marco, his last great appearance as the master on the podium. One of his famous phrases, remembered by the German agency Dpa he was "a day without music is a day wasted". The minister of Culture of the German, Monika Gruetters , wrote in a tweet that Germany "has lost a great musician and one of the most extraordinary in our Country."

Born in Meissen on the 29th of July 1935, Schreier was the first great tenor of East Germany making his debut at Dresden in 1959 in Beethoven's Fidelio. At the Festival of Bayreuth she made her debut in 1966 in the repertoire of Richard Wagner in Tristan und Isolde, directed by Karl Böhm ; in 1967 he made his first appearance at the Opera in Vienna in Mozart's magic Flute, reciting as Tamino, a role he resumed in the same year at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. At la Scala, Milan, in 1968, he was Idamante in the first of Idomeneo, king of Crete, by Mozart, directed by Wolfgang Sawallisch , with Margherita Rinaldi , Leyla Gencer and Nicola Zaccaria .

From the 1969 Schreier became a constant presence at the Salzburg festival, taking recitals and acting in the major operas. In 1972 at the Scale, she sang the Mozart Requiem, directed by Daniel Barenboim with Margherita Rinaldi, Franca Mattiucci and Walter Berry, and in 1976, he donned the role of Ferrando in the first of così fan tutte directed by karl Böhm, with Margaret Price, Agnes Baltsa, Prey and Rolando Panerai. Still on the Scale, in 1979, he sang Die schöne Müllerin.


At the Edinburgh International Festival in 1981, is the Evangelist in the st. Matthew Passion directed by Claudio Abbado with Margaret Price and Jessye Norman. In 1984 he was awarded the Order of merit for the fatherland from the Ddr (East Germany), in 1988 he won the Léonie Sonning music prize and the Ernst von Siemens.

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