Richard Schubert

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Richard Schubert sings Die Walküre: Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond
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Biographical Notes

Richard Schubert was born on 15 December 1895 in Dessau. He made his debut in 1909 in Strassburg as a bariton. During one year, he sang minor parts. After one year, Schubert resumed taking singing lessons with Rudolf von Milde and with Vanzo in Milano.

Schubert made his tenor debut in Nürnberg in 1910. He staid there until 1913. On 1 September 1910, he sang the erster brabantischer Edler in Lohengrin. Other roles included Baron Friedrich (Mignon), Spoletta, Ruiz, Fenton (Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor), Erster Geharnischter, Jonas (Le Prophète with Bolz), Walther von der Vogelweide (Tannhäuser with Bolz), Zorn (with Knote as Walther), and Hugo von Ringstetten (Undine). Schubert sang finally his first major part Erik on 9 October 1910 and Lohengrin on 15 November 1910. During his first year, Schubert sang also: Gustav (Die Beiden Schützen), der Gesandte (Der Vagabund und die Prinzessin), der Haushofmeister der Kurfürstin von der Pfalz (Der Trompeter von Säckingen), Froh, jungen Seemann, Oberon and Huon, Willem Krouwevliet (Die Geschiedene Frau), Alfred and Basilio.

On 5 January 1911, Schubert sang Faust (with Sigrid Arnoldson). On 27 January 1991, at the local premiere of the Rosenkavalier, Schubert sang the Haushofmeister and Wirt. On 1 February 1911, Schubert sang his first Don José, followed by Max, (12 March 1911), Florestan. During the first German performance of Don Quichotte, Schubert sang Juan with Bender as the Don. He added further roles during his first year Hoffmann, Baroncelli (Rienzi). At the end of the season, Schubert participated at different galas in Lohengrin (2. brabantischer Edler, with Hensel), Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Officer with Wirl), Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Zorn, with Vogelstrom)

During his third season in Nürnberg, Schubert's parts were:
Erik, Max, Walther(Stolzing and von der Vogelweide), Froh, Duca di Mantova, Manrico, Alfredo, Riccardo, Don José, Faust, Leopold, Assad, Hofmann, Königssohn (Die Königskinder), Ferraud (Oberts Chabert), Sinodal (The Demon) and Leutnant (Der Faktor)

In 1913, Schubert moved to Wiesbaden, where he staid until 1917. After Wiesbaden, Schubert went to Hamburg where he remained until 1928. He had sung previously as a guest in Hamburg on 2 December 1916 in Aida. He made his official debut as permanent member in Hamburg during December 1917 as Raoul with Kipnis as the third monk. It was followed by Walther with Lattermann as Sachs, La Boheme, La Traviata, Die Zauberflöte, Barbier von Bagdad, Faust, Tristan, Armer Heinrich (Pfitzner, 1920), Enrnest de Tressailles (Revolutionshochzeit, d'Albert, 1929), Hans Lobesang (Caecilie, Oberleitner), Kreuzugsprediger (Isebill, Klose), Petro Topola (Der heilige Morgen, Platen), Paul (Die tote Stadt, 4 december 1920), Alfonso (Violanta).

Schubert's repertory included also: Rienzi, Parsifal, Siegfried, Riccardo, Radames, Otello, Florestan, Pedro, Canio, Bacchus, Herodes, Kaiser, Eléazar, Nureddin, Fra Diavolo, Abu Hassan and Eisenstein.

Schubert during the period from 1920 to 1929 made guest appearances in Vienna. During April 1920, he sang Radames, Stolzing, Pedro, Tannhäuser. He participated in a ring during June 1920 (Loge, Siegmund, Siegfried). He sang about 300 times in Vienna where about 200 performances were Wagner roles. He sang also in Vienna: José, Canio, Bacchus, Kaiser, Radames, Paul, Dimitri and Otello.

Schubert made guest appearances in following cities: München, Dresden, Zoppot, Düsseldorf. Outside German speaking countries, Schubert sang in Paris, Barcelona, Chicago, Buenos Aires. Despite his excellence in Wagner parts, Schubert never sang in Bayreuth. In 1927, all the Wagner parts began to take their toll. Despite taking a rest, Schubert could never fully recover his voice. In Hamburg, he only appeared in a reduced number of performances and in Vienna after 1930, he only appeared two, three times a season. Schubert started to appear more often in Operettas: die Lustige Witwe (Danilo), Marietta . In Hamburg, his last performance was on 9 March 1936 as Tannhäuser. In Vienna, he appeared last as Eisenstein on 15 February 1937. He passed away on 12 October 1959.

Schubert recorded for Gramophon, Polydor 26 sides while he made two private records.

Schubert's Repertory

Die Revolutionshochzeit, Tiefland, Die toten Augen, Fra Diavolo, Fidelio, Norma, Carmen, Der Barbier von Bagdad, Die Geschieden Frau, Iphigenie in Aulis, Die Königin von Saba, Faust, La Juive, Köniigskinder, Ilsebill, Die tote Stadt, Violanta. Das Leben des Orest (Krenek), Pagliacci, Die beiden Schützen (Lortzing), Undine, Der Faktor (Lvorsky), Don Quichotte, Les Huguenots, Le Prophète, Robert le Diable, Le Nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflöte, Boris Godunov, Der Trompeter von Säckingen, Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Caecilie, Les brigands, Les contes d'Hoffmann, Der arme Heinrich, Das Herz (Pfitzner), Die Rose vom Liebesgarten (Pfitzner), Der heilige Morgen, Der Vagabund und die Prinzessin (Poldini), La Boheme, Madama Butterfly, Tosca, The Demon, Samson et Dalila, Wilhelm Tell (Schilller), Mona Lisa, Der Schatzgräber, Die Fledermaus (Alfred, Einsenstein), Die Ägyptische Helena, Ariadne auf Naxos, Elektra, Die Frau ohne Schatten, Der Rosenkavalier (Haushofmeister, Wirt), Salome, Mignon (Friedrich), Aida, Un Ballo in Maschera, Otello, La Traviata, Il Trovatore (Ruiz, Manrico), Rienzi (Baroncelli, Rienzi), Der fliegende Holländer, Tannhäuser (Walther, Tannhäuser), Lohengrin (1/2 brabant. Edler, Lohengrin), Tristan und Isolde (Seemann, Tristan), Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Zoorn, Walther), Das Rheingold (Froh, Loge), Die Walküre, Siegfried, Götterdämmerung, Parsifal, Oberts Chabert (von Walthershausen), Abu Hassan, Der Freischütz, Oberon (Oberon, Huon).

Reference: Stimmen die um die Welt gingen, Heft NR. 27 März 1990.

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