Schmedes, Erik

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Schmedes, Erik (b Gentofte, Copenhagen, 1868; d Vienna, 1931). Danish tenor. Sang as bar., Wiesbaden 1891–4 (début as Herald in Lohengrin). Début as lyric ten. Nuremberg 1894. Dresden 1894–7. Engaged by Mahler for Vienna Opera, making début as Siegfried 1898 and remaining there until 1924. NY Met 1908–9; Bayreuth 1899–1902. One of great Wagnerian tens. of Mahler régime.