Fritz Schrödter

Fritz Schrödter (1855-1924) studied at the conservatories in Düsseldorf and Köln. He began his career as an operetta tenor in North Germany. During a guest engagement at the Friedrich-Wilhelm Stadtischen Theater in Berlin, he was heard by Johann Strauss, who arranged an engagement for him at the National Theater in Budapest in 1876. He sang operetta in Vienna in 1877 and then went to Prague for training in the operatic repertory. He made his operatic debut in 1879 at the German Theater in Prague. Schrödter was a guest at Covent Garden in 1884 and joined the Vienna Hofoper in 1886. He would remain a member of that company until 1915. He was the father in law of the great Czech bass - Wilhelm Hesch. He was the classic example of a comprimario, Preuss' predecessor with an occasional appearance in a lyric role, just like Preuss. His most famous role by far was David in Meistersinger.
Fritz Schrödter singsWerther: Pourquoi me réveiller, in German
In RA Format

Fritz Schrödter singsMusica proibita
In RA Format
I wish to thank Richard J. Venezia for the recording (Werther).
I wish to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recording (Musica proibita) and the biographical notes.

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