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Richard Mayr (18 November 1877, Henndorfmarker - 1 December 1935, Viennamarker) was an Austrianmarker operatic bass-baritone who was particularly admired for his performances in works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss. He notably created the role of Barak, the Dyer in the world premiere of Strauss's Die Frau ohne Schatten in Vienna on 10 October 1919.

Biography

Mayr studied medicine in Viennamarker before being persuaded by Gustav Mahler pursue a career as a singer. After studying at the Vienna Music Academymarker for several years, he made his professional opera début to critical acclaim at the Bayreuth Festivalmarker in 1902 as Hagen in Wagner's Götterdämmerung. This led to his being engaged as a principle singer at the Vienna Hofopermarker by Mahler where he enjoyed a highly successful career that lasted for three decades. His first role in Vienna was Silva in Giuseppe Verdi's Ernani. Mayr also sang occassionally at the Royal Opera, London, making his début at the house in 1924 in one of his signature roles, Baron Ochs in Der Rosenkavalier. He sang for three consecutive seasons at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, making his Met début as Pogner in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in 1927. He was also a mainstay at the Salzburg Festival, appearing every year there from 1921 until his retirement from the stage in 1934.

He is buried at St.Peter cemetery in Salzburg.


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