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Friedrich Schorr

Friedrich Schorr (September 2, 1888 – August 14, 1953), was a renowned Austrian-Hungarian bass-baritone opera singer of Jewish origin. He later became a naturalized American.

Schorr is recognized as the greatest Wagnerian bass-baritone of his generation, arguably of the entire 20th century, and was particularly famous for his profound portrayals of Wotan in Der Ring des Nibelungen and Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. He was celebrated, too, for his appearances as Don Pizarro in Beethoven's Fidelio.

His voice was powerful, steady, and rich-toned, with a beautiful mezza voce. He placed a special emphasis on maintaining a smooth, legato line in his singing, with no trace of Sprechgesang. Towards the end of Schorr's career, his extreme top notes became somewhat 'wooden', however, as the result of many years of strenuous usage.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1888 (Oradea), Died Farmington

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1924 - 1938

Roles Represented in DAHR: baritone vocal

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 34 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor CVE-58145 12-in. 12/30/1929 Sieh' Ev'chen! Dächt' ich doch Elisabeth Rethberg ; Friedrich Schorr Vocal duet (soprano and baritone), with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor CVE-58146 12-in. 12/30/1929 Hat mann mit dem schuhwerk Elisabeth Rethberg ; Friedrich Schorr Vocal duet (soprano and baritone), with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor BS-017026 10-in. 11/11/1937 Liederkreis Fritz Kitzinger ; Friedrich Schorr Baritone vocal solo, with piano vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor BS-017027 10-in. 11/11/1937 Liederkreis Fritz Kitzinger ; Friedrich Schorr Baritone vocal solo, with piano vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor BS-017028 10-in. 11/11/1937 Liederkreis Fritz Kitzinger ; Friedrich Schorr Baritone vocal solo, with piano vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor BS-017029 10-in. 11/11/1937 Liederkreis Fritz Kitzinger ; Friedrich Schorr Baritone vocal solo, with piano vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor BS-017030 10-in. 11/11/1937 Liederkreis Fritz Kitzinger ; Friedrich Schorr Baritone vocal solo, with piano vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor BS-017031 10-in. 11/11/1937 Liederkreis Fritz Kitzinger ; Friedrich Schorr Baritone vocal solo, with piano vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor BS-017032 10-in. 11/11/1937 Liederkreis Fritz Kitzinger ; Friedrich Schorr Baritone vocal solo, with piano vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor BS-017033 10-in. 11/11/1937 Liederkreis Fritz Kitzinger ; Friedrich Schorr Baritone vocal solo, with piano vocalist, baritone vocal  
Brunswick X12915 12-in. 4/17/1924 O du mein holder Abendstern Friedrich Schorr Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Brunswick X12855-X12856 12-in. 4/11/1924 Was duftet doch der Flieder Friedrich Schorr Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Brunswick X12857-X12858 12-in. 4/11/1924 O du mein holder Abendstern Friedrich Schorr Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Brunswick 12859-12860 10-in. 4/11/1924 Sonst spielt’ ich mit Scepter Friedrich Schorr Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Brunswick 12896-12897 10-in. 4/17/1924 Frühlingsfahrt Friedrich Schorr Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Brunswick 12898-12900 10-in. 4/17/1924 Lindenbaum Friedrich Schorr Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Brunswick 12901-12903 10-in. 4/17/1924 Die Ehre Gottes aus der Natur Friedrich Schorr Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Brunswick 12904-12906 10-in. 4/17/1924 Papageno’s aria Friedrich Schorr Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Brunswick 12916-12917 10-in. 4/17/1924 Serenata Friedrich Schorr Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Brunswick X14944-X14945 12-in. 2/20/1925 Figlia di Reji Friedrich Schorr Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Brunswick X14946-X14948 12-in. 2/20/1925 Il lacerato Friedrich Schorr Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Brunswick 14949-14950 10-in. 2/20/1925 Allerseelen Friedrich Schorr Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Brunswick 15029-15030 10-in. 3/2/1925 Gut’ nacht Friedrich Schorr Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Brunswick 15031-15033 10-in. 3/2/1925 Vorrei morir Friedrich Schorr Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Brunswick 15034-15035 10-in. 3/2/1925 Träum durch die Dämmerung Friedrich Schorr Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
(Results 1-25 of 34 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Schorr, Friedrich," accessed October 27, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103868.

Schorr, Friedrich. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 27, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103868.

"Schorr, Friedrich." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 27 October 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103868

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