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Gustav Neidlinger Suggest updates

Born Mainz, 21 March 1910.

Died Bad Ems, 26 December 1991.

German bass-baritone.

Gustav Neidlinger,  a hugely powerful baritone with a particularly baleful tone,  was,  for many years,  the dominant international performer of three of the nastier characters of the Wagner repertoire - Telramund,  Alberich and Klingsor.

After studying in Frankfurt,  he made his debut at Mainz in 1931.   He was contracted at the Hamburg State Opera 1936-50,  before transferring to Stuttgart, which remained his base.   He was a regular performer at Bayreuth from 1952 through to 1975.   He also performed at the New York Met.

His first appearances in the UK were as a member of the Stuttgart company,  visiting London in 1955 and Edinburgh 1958 and 1966.   He sang at Covent Garden in 1963 (Telramund) and 1965 (Alberich).

Roles in Scotland

Lysiart Count of Foret
Euryanthe 1958
Kurwenal Tristan's squire
Tristan und Isolde 1958
Friedrich von Telramund Count of Brabant
Lohengrin 1966

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