Paul Späni

13 April 1929 Winterthur – 15 February 1993 Davos

Picture of Paul Späni

Paul Späni sings Falstaff: Falstaff! Olà! Sir John Falstaff!, with Norman Mittelmann, Richard van Vrooman (Bardolfo) and Heinz Borst
In RA format

A pupil of Tino Pattiera in Vienna, he began at the Vienna Volksoper in the 1956/57 season. 1957–62 at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein (Düsseldorf and Duisburg), 1962–64 in Karlsruhe, from 1964 to his death in Zürich.

He sang exclusively small parts and was so successful in that repertory that he made lots of guest appearances, primarily in Germany, but also in Athens, Paris (Opéra-Comique) or Rome. His specialty was contemporary music, and he sang in many world premieres and Swiss premieres.

Reference: Kutsch & Riemens

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