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Hermann Prey

Singer details:

Voice: Baritone
Nationality: German
Year of Birth: 1929
Year of Death: 1998

About Hermann Prey:

Hermann Prey ( Berlin, 11 July 1929 – Krailling, 22 July 1998) was a German lyric baritone, who was equally at home in the Lied, operatic and concert repertoires. His American debut was in November 1952, with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Eugene Ormandy, and his American recital debut took place in 1956, at New York's Carnegie Hall. As a Lieder singer, he was a gifted interpreter of Schubert, including his song-cycles Die schöne Müllerin and Die Winterreise and the collection of songs Schwanengesang, as well as of Robert Schumann, Richard Strauss and Gustav Mahler. He also appeared frequently as a soloist in Bach's Passions and Brahms' A German Requiem.

Hermann Prey was born in Berlin and grew up in Germany. He was scheduled to be drafted when World War II ended. He studied voice at the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin and won the prize of the Frankfurt contest of the Hessischer Rundfunk in 1952.

He began to sing in song recitals and made his operatic debut the next year with the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden in Bad Salzschlirf (Moruccio in Eugen d'Albert's Tiefland). He joined Hamburg State Opera's resident company, where he sang until 1960. During his last years in Hamburg, he also made frequent guest appearances elsewhere, including the Salzburg Festival.

He sang frequently at the Metropolitan Opera between 1960 and 1970 (and as late as the early 90's), and made his Bayreuth debut in 1965 as Wolfram (Tannhäuser), returning there 1966-67, 1981-84 and 1986. Although he often sang Verdi early in his career, he later concentrated more on Mozart and Richard Strauss. Prey was well known for playing Figaro (Mozart and Rossini), but he played other Mozart roles at least equally often, particularly Papageno and Guglielmo. He also played, and recorded, the Count in The Marriage of Figaro, and occasionally performed as Don Giovanni. He is regarded by some as the best Eisenstein (from Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss II) ever.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Au fond du temple saint (Pearl Fishers Duet) Popularity:

Opera: Pêcheurs de perles, Les (The Pearl Fishers)Composer: BizetAct: 1.06

Type: duetVoice: T BrLanguage: French

Roles: Nadir/Zurga
2Largo al factotum Popularity:

Opera: Barbiere di Siviglia, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 1.07

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Figaro
3Madamina il catalogo e questo Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.07

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello
4Non piu andrai Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 1.20

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Figaro
5Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.04

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Papageno
6Don Basilio! Popularity:

Opera: Barbiere di Siviglia, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 2.09

Type: quintetVoice: cA/Mz T Br B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rosina/Count/Figaro/Bartolo/Basilio
7O du mein holder Abendstern Popularity:

Opera: TannhäuserComposer: WagnerAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Wolfram
8Fin ch'han dal vino Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.20

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni
9Dunque io son Popularity:

Opera: Barbiere di Siviglia, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 1.19

Type: duetVoice: Br cA/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Figaro/Rosina
10Hai gia vinta la causa Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 3.04

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count
11Bei Männern welche Liebe fühlen Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.15

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: German

Roles: Pamina/Papageno
12Papagena Papagena Papagena! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.30

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Papageno
13Vedro mentr'io sospiro Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 3.05

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count
14Cinque..dieci..venti Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 1.02

Type: duetVoice: B-Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Figaro/Susanna
15Bella siccome un angelo Popularity:

Opera: Don PasqualeComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.04

Type: duetVoice: Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Dr Malatesta/Don Pasquale
16Se il mio nome saper Popularity:

Opera: Barbiere di Siviglia, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 1.09

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count
17Eri tu che macchiavi quell'anima Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.04

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Renato
18Solenne in quest'ora Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.07

Type: duetVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Alvaro
19Cheti cheti immantinente Popularity:

Opera: Don PasqualeComposer: DonizettiAct: 3.10

Type: duetVoice: Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Dr Malatesta/Don Pasquale
20Avant de quitter ces lieux Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 2.03

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: French

Roles: Valentin
21Hm! hm! hm! hm! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.11

Type: quintetVoice: Br T S S MzLanguage: German

Roles: Papageno/Tamino/Three ladies
22Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.23

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Papageno
23Leb wohl du kühnes herrliches Kind Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 3.06

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Wotan
24Aprite un po'quegli occhi Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 4.07

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Figaro
25Crudel perche finora Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 3.02

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Susanna/Count
26Mi par d'esser con la testa Popularity:

Opera: Barbiere di Siviglia, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 1.27

Type: Voice: cA/Mz B T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rosina/Basilio/Count/Figaro
27Es waren zwei Königskinder Popularity:

Opera: Lustige Witwe, DieComposer: LéharAct: 1.05

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: German

Roles: Hanna/Camille
28Donne mie la fate a tanti Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.15

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Guglielmo
29Ho capito Signor si! Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.10

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Masetto
30Il core vi dono Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.09

Type: duetVoice: Mz BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Dorabella/Guglielmo
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