Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender

Biography

Born: February 19, 1897; Aachen, Germany   Died: February 13, 1978; Nuremberg, Germany  
An ebullient, sometimes hyperkinetic interpreter of Mozart's Figaro, lyric baritone Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender enjoyed an important career in Europe during the 1930s and 1940s. Trim and handsome, he matched the requirements of Mozart's baritone roles with surpassing ease and was celebrated for his dramatic aptitude as well as his suave singing. While he primarily made his career on the Continent, his name achieved international luster from his Read more appearances at the Glyndebourne Festival during that enterprise's infancy. In England, several of his Mozart creations were recorded in editions that have remained in the catalog ever since. Domgraf-Fassbaender began his studies by attending Cathedral School in Aachen with the intent of becoming a church musician. Later, he took voice lessons from Paul Bruns and Jacques Stückgold in Berlin, and later still, traveled to Milan to continue his studies with Giuseppe Borgatti. Mozart served for his debut in Aachen in 1922, although the role there was Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro. Recognition of an exceptional voice and presence was not long in coming as he was subsequently engaged by Berlin's Deutsches Opernhaus, Stuttgart, and Düsseldorf before returning to Berlin in 1928 as the Staatsoper's principal lyric baritone. He remained with the company until 1948. The Glyndebourne Festival was born with a performance on May 28, 1934, of Mozart's Figaro and Domgraf-Fassbaender sang the title role. The other opera that first year was Così fan tutte, and in that production, Domgraf-Fassbaender was Guglielmo. Under the conducting of Fritz Busch and the stage direction of Carl Ebert, the baritone's performances took on a new degree of polish. Domgraf-Fassbaender remained with the fledgling company until 1937, missing only 1936 after having added Papageno to his gallery of portraits in 1935. In 1937, he sang Papageno at Salzburg with a stellar roster of colleagues under Toscanini's direction. Aside from the standard lyric repertory, Domgraf-Fassbaender achieved success in the title role of Werner Egk's Peer Gynt at the Berlin Staatsoper in 1937. In the post-WWII era, he sang at many of central Europe's major houses, later moving into stage production as his performing career drew to a close. His daughter, mezzo-soprano Brigitte Fassbaender, was also noted as a leading singer/actor. Read less
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    Solti: The Legacy, 1937-1997
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001777802 Release Date: 12/04/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Benjamin Britten,  Umberto Giordano,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Margaret Price,  Tito Gobbi,  Mirella Freni,  Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Mozart: Die Zauberflote / Arturo Toscanini, Kipnis, Rosvaenge
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 397 Release Date: 12/08/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Alexander Kipnis,  Helge Rosvaenge,  Julie Osvath,  Jarmila Novotná  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    The Very Best Of Glyndebourne On Record - Mozart, Britten, Verdi, Stravinsky, Monteverdi, Rossini, Lehar, Etc
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64218 Release Date: 04/21/2009   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  John Gay,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Benjamin Britten,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Redgrave,  Constance Willis,  Audrey Mildmay,  Roy Henderson  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Muddie,  Fritz Busch,  Reginald Goodall,  Sir Thomas Beecham  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Glyndebourne Festival Chorus,  Glyndebourne Festival Orchestra,  English Opera Group Orchestra  ... 
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    The Record of Singing - The Very Best of Vols 1-4
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 28956 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Arthur Sullivan,  Giacomo Puccini,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Performer:  Marian Anderson,  Kosti Vehanen,  Dame Clara Butt,  Richard Crooks  ... 
    Conductor:  Clemens Schmalstich,  Clarence Raybould,  Georges Lauweryns,  Nat Finston  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Orchestra,  Pasdeloup Concert Association Orchestra  ... 
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Hedwig Von Debicka
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89703 Release Date: 08/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Performer:  Hedwig Von Debicka,  Julius Prüwer,  Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender,  Umberto Urbano
    Conductor:  Julius Prüwer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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    Peter Anders Vol 3 - Puccini
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10010 Release Date: 06/12/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender,  Hilde Gueden,  Trude Eipperle,  Peter Anders  ... 
    Conductor:  Hanns Steinkopf,  Arthur Rother,  Clemens Krauss,  Franz Marszalek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Stuttgart State Opera Orchestra
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    Mozart Singers Of The Past
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90690 Release Date: 04/25/2006   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ludwig Weber,  Emmy Loose,  Wilhelm Tisch,  Wilma Lipp  ... 
    Conductor:  Felix Prohaska,  Josef Krips,  Alexander Krannhals,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra  ... 
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    The Art Of Maria Cebotari
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90511 Release Date: 12/24/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Cebotari,  Walther Ludwig,  Peter Anders,  Helge Rosvaenge  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Rother,  Herbert von Karajan,  Hanns Steinkopf,  Felix Prohaska
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Great Opera Recordings - Mozart: Nozze De Figaro
    Label: Naxos Historical   Catalog: 8110186-87 Release Date: 08/20/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Aulikki Rautawaara,  Constance Willis,  Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender,  Roy Henderson  ... 
    Conductor:  Fritz Busch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Glyndebourne Festival Orchestra,  Glyndebourne Festival Chorus
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    Opernsanger Einmal Anders
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89945 Release Date: 05/28/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Jerome Kern,  Oley Speaks,  Kurt Weill  ... 
    Performer:  Josef Blatt,  George London,  Leonard Warren,  Ezio Pinza  ... 
    Conductor:  Frank Black,  Johnny Green,  Dino Olivieri,  Hans Mielenz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,  Johnny Green Orchestra,  Dino Olivieri Orchestra  ... 
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    Strauss: Die Fledermaus (Abridged) / Kern, Weigert, Et Al
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 87 Release Date: 06/27/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Performer:  Adele Kern,  Margret Pfahl,  Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender
    Conductor:  Hermann Weigert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Chorus
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    Golden Operetta Vol 2 -millöcker, J. Strauss, Offenbach, Etc
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 78 Release Date: 05/23/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Jacques Offenbach,  Johan Peter E. Hartmann,  Albert Lortzing  ... 
    Performer:  Lotte Lehmann,  Waldemar Staegemann,  Richard Tauber,  Karin Branzell  ... 
    Conductor:  Frieder Weissmann,  Erich Orthmann,  Johan Hye-Knudsen,  Mogens Wöldike  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Orchestra,  Chorus  ... 
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    The Emi Record Of Singing Vol 3 - 1926-1939
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 132 Release Date: 12/14/1999   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Gioachino Rossini,  Federico Ricci,  William Garnet James  ... 
    Performer:  Gerhard Hüsch,  Lotte Schöne,  Salvatore Baccaloni,  Irma Mion  ... 
    Conductor:  Hanns Udo Müller,  Erich Orthmann,  Carlo Sabajno,  Franco Ghione  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Chorus,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Orchestra  ... 
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    Mozart - The Supreme Operatic Recordings
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 73 Release Date: 11/16/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Elisabeth Reichelt,  Walther Ludwig,  Aksel Schiotz,  Lotte Schöne  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Seidler-Winkler,  Mogens Wöldike,  Fritz Zweig,  Clemens Schmalstich  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
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    Von Der Königlichen Hofoper Zur Staatsoper Unter Den Linden
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89403 Release Date: 07/21/1998   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Richard Wagner,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Tiana Lemnitz,  Josef Mann,  Ludwig Suthaus,  Paula Buchner  ... 
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    Famous German Baritones Of The Past
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89967 Release Date: 07/04/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Conradin Kreutzer,  Heinrich Marschner  ... 
    Performer:  Erich Kunz,  Hans Hotter,  Hans Wocke,  Josef Herrmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Moralt,  Heinrich Hollreiser,  Otto Dobrindt,  Bruno Seidler-Winkler  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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    German Ensemble Recordings
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89989 Release Date: 07/04/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bedrich Smetana,  Richard Wagner,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Eugen Fuchs,  Walter Grossmann,  Walther Beck,  Erna Berger  ... 
    Conductor:  Clemens Schmalstich,  Leo Blech,  Fritz Zaun
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
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  • 18.
    The Art Of Willi Domgraf-fassbaender
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89228 Release Date: 02/18/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender,  Walter Grossmann,  Erna Berger,  Walther Beck  ... 
    Conductor:  Manfred Gurlitt,  Clemens Schmalstich,  Fritz Zweig,  Erich Orthmann  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Berlin City Opera Orchestra
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    The Art Of Lotte Schöne - Recordings From 1924-1931
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89224 Release Date: 08/20/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Sidney Jones,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Lotte Schöne,  Joseph Hislop,  Herbert Janssen,  Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender
    Conductor:  Fritz Zweig,  Erich Orthmann,  Leo Blech,  Piero Coppola
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
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    Grosse Mozartsänger Vol 1 - Opernarien 1922-1942
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 394101 Release Date: 09/19/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Res Fischer,  Hans Hotter,  Helena Braun,  Irma Beilke  ... 
    Conductor:  Clemens Krauss,  Josef Krips,  Bruno Walter,  Arturo Toscanini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Erna Berger Vol 2
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89092 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Oboussier,  Richard Strauss,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Hans Altmann,  Erna Berger,  Eta Harich-Schneider,  Hans-Walter Schleif  ... 
    Conductor:  Clemens Krauss,  Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt,  Wolfgang Martin,  Fritz Zweig  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin City Opera Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra  ... 
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    Maria Cebotari Singt Verdi
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90160 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Helge Rosvaenge,  Maria Cebotari,  Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender,  Heinrich Schlusnus
    Conductor:  Arthur Rother,  Hanns Steinkopf
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Xenia Belmas
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89047 Release Date: 08/23/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giacomo Puccini,  Pietro Mascagni,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender,  Xenia Belmas
    Conductor:  Alexander Kitschin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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    Prima Voce - Great Singers At The Berlin State Opera
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7848 Release Date: 12/02/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Richard Strauss,  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Gerhard Hüsch,  Erna Berger,  Tiana Lemnitz,  Else Ruziczka  ... 
    Conductor:  Hanns Udo Müller,  Clemens Krauss,  Erich Orthmann,  Fritz Zweig  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 9232 Release Date: 01/21/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  John Brownlee,  Heddle Nash,  Irene Eisinger,  Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender  ... 
    Conductor:  Fritz Busch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Glyndebourne Festival Orchestra
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