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Andreas Schager is an Austrian operatic tenor. He began his career as a tenor for operettas, but has developed into singing Heldentenor parts by Richard Wagner including Tristan, Siegmund, Siegfried and Parsifal. A member of the Staatsoper Berlin, he has appeared internationally at venues including La Scala, The Proms and the Bayreuth Festival.
He was born Andreas Schagerl in Rohrbach an der Gölsen, Lower Austria. He was a singer of the Wiener Singakademie, and then studied voice at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with Walter Moore. He made his debut on stage as Ferrando in Mozart's Così fan tutte at the Schlosstheater Schönbrunn. His first engagement was as an operetta tenor at the Theater Krefeld und Mönchengladbach.
Schager sang lyrical tenor parts as a guest in Bologna, Frankfurt, Ghent, in Vienna, and at the Royal Opera Canada, including Tamino in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte. He had developed into a singer of major Wagner roles by 2009, when he performed the part of David in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, also Florestan in Beethoven's Fidelio and Max in Weber's Der Freischütz. He appeared in the title role of Rienzi first in June 2011 at the Theater Meiningen, and as Siegfried at the Halle Opera in the 2011/12 season. He performed the parts of Tannhäuser, both Siegmund and Siegfried in Der Ring des Nibelungen, and Parsifal. He appeared as Tristan first at the Stadttheater Minden in 2012, alongside Dara Hobbs as Isolde, with the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie conducted by Frank Beermann in a staging by Matthias von Stegmann. A reviewer from Vienna called his performance a "sensation". She described him as looking and acting like a knight, and his voice as unbelievably powerful, used without straining it, but also without restraint during the three acts ("eine unwahrscheinlich kraftvolle Stimme, die unforciert drei Akte lang ohne Schonung eingesetzt wird"). She thinks that his high range, built upon a basis of a broad middle range, seems to be able to move mountains ("Auf einer breiten Mittellage-Basis baut er Höhen auf, die Berge versetzen könnten, meint man.). The performance was noticed internationally; reviewers noted the singers' intensity and authenticity, and described Schager's Tristan as a "boisterous, passionate firebrand and dare-devil, whose ego does not have space for self-doubt.