Paul Schwarz

30 June 1887 Vienna – 24 December 1980 Hamburg

He had his first contract in Bielsko/Bielitz in 1909/10; the next two seasons, he was at the Volksoper of his native Vienna. At the Stadttheater Hamburg since 1912, he was the foremost comprimario there, though he occasionally sang main roles like Manrico and Tannhäuser. He sang 145 parts in Hamburg (Domingo, beware!), in more than 4,000 performances.

Born Jewish, he was (though long converted to catholicism) forced to retire in 1933, and sang with the Jüdischer Kulturbund (the association where the Nazis allowed Jewish artists and Jewish spectators to continue cultural life, albeit on a very small scale) in Hamburg, Berlin and Frankfurt. Later on, he lived in Berlin and had to do forced labor in a carpenter shop; he wasn't deported because his wife was not Jewish, so he survived the Nazi reign although he stayed in Berlin all the time.

After WWII ended, he worked for the Berlin radio as a presenter and singer. Eventually, he went back to Hamburg and appeared again at the Hamburg opera in 1948 and 1949.

Reference and picture source

Paul Schwarz sings Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor: Horch, die Lerche

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