Ger­man opera singer, con­duc­tor Schreier dead at 84

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FRANK­FURT, Ger­many (AP) — Opera singer and con­duc­tor Peter Schreier, who won fame at the Salzburg fes­ti­val and Milan’s La Scala, has died in Dres­den, Ger­many. He was 84.

The dpa news agency re­ported Thurs­day that he died Wed­nes­day, cit­ing his long­time sec­re­tary. Schreier, a tenor, was in de­mand on opera stages all over the world.

He per­formed at the Ber­lin State Opera in his na­tive East Ger­many and at Milan’s La Scala, as well as a 25-year run at the famed Salzburg fes­ti­val. One of his spe­cial­ties was per­form­ing and record­ing the songs of com­posers Franz Schu­bert and Robert Schu­mann.

Schreier re­tired from the opera stage in 2000 af­ter a fi­nal per­for­mance in Ber­lin as Tamino in Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” one of his most im­por­tant roles.

He then con­tin­ued with songs and ora­to­rio per­for­mances un­til he was 70. Dpa didn’t re­port a cause of death, but said Schreier had suf­fered heart trou­ble in­clud­ing by­pass surgery in past years.


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