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Ludwig Weber (1899 - 1974)

Although Weber initially planned to become a schoolteacher, he also studied painting with Alfred Roller, the distinguished scenic designer for the Vienna State Opera, at the Vienna Art School (Wiener Kunstgewerbeschule); and while singing in the Vienna Oratorio Association (Wiener Oratorien- Vereinigung) he realized that he had vocal potential. He therefore decided to pursue a career in opera, studying with the respected teacher Alfred Borrotau from 1919.

Weber made his operatic stage debut in 1920 at the Vienna Volksoper as Fiorello / Il barbiere di Siviglia and continued to sing small roles with the Volksoper until 1925, when he was engaged as principal bass at the Wuppertal Municipal Theatre. After two years there he joined the Düsseldorf Opera, where he stayed until 1932. During 1930 he sang in the production of Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris, with Franz von Hoeslin conducting, recording the parts of Wotan and the Wanderer with this company for Pathé. He was with the Cologne Opera for the 1932–1933 season before joining the Bavarian State Opera, Munich, where he remained until 1945. Here he sang the full range of bass roles and took part in the premiere of Richard Strauss’s Friedenstag in 1938.




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