Anders, Peter, distinguished German tenor; b. Essen, July 1, 1908; d. in an automobile accident in Hamburg, Sept. 10, 1954. He was a pupil of Grenzebach and Mysz-Gemeiner in Berlin, making his debut there in La belle Hélène (1931). After singing in Heidelberg (1932), Darmstadt (1933–35), Cologne (1935–36), Hannover (1937–38), and Munich (1938–40), he was a principal member of the Berlin State Opera (1940–48) and the Hamburg State Opera (1948–54). In 1950 he made his British debut as Bacchus at the Edinburgh Festival; in 1951, appeared as Walther von Stolzing at London’s Covent Garden. Anders was one of the finest German tenors of his generation. He excelled in operas by Mozart, Wagner, and Verdi; he also was a noted Heder artist.
F. Pauli, P. A. (Berlin, 1963); F. Kösters, P. A.: Biographie eines Tenors (Stuttgart, 1995).
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