German Tenor And Conductor Peter Schreier Dies At 84

Berlin, Dec. 26 (EFE) .- German tenor and conductor Peter Schreier died this Christmas Wednesday in Dresden (east of the country) at 84 after a long illness, his secretary reported today and collected various German media.

Born on July 29, 1935 in Meißen, a small town in the federated state of Saxony, in a family of singers, Schreier began his career in the choir 'Dresdner Kreuzchor' when he was still a primary school student.

In 1959 he first climbed on an opera stage to embody the number one prisoner in Beethoven's 'Fidelio', although fame came to him with the role of Belmonte in Mozart's 'Rapture in the Serrallo'.

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After reaping successes in Bayreuth, Salzburg and Milan, the Saxon built a world reputation as an interpreter for Mozart and Bach and as one of the greatest lyric tenors of the twentieth century, becoming one of the few international stars of the former Democratic Republic of Germany (GDR).

Throughout his career, Schreier embodied more than 60 opera characters, of which perhaps Prince Tamino, of Mozart's 'Magic Flute' is one of the most memorable.

In 2005, at age 65, he ended his vocal career, although he remained professionally active as a director – among other stages at the Vienna Philharmonic and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra – and as a singing teacher.

However, in recent years his health – affected by his diabetes and kidney problems – forced him to retire permanently.

Scheier lived in Dresden, was married and had two children.

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