Schwarz, Joseph, German baritone; b. Riga, Oct. 10, 1880; d. Berlin, Nov. 10, 1926. He studied in Berlin with Alexander Heinemann, and then continued his training at the Vienna Cons. In 1900 he made his operatic debut in Aida in Linz. Following engagements in Riga, Graz, and St. Petersburg, he sang in Vienna, principally at the Volksoper and then at the Court Opera (1909–15). From 1915 he was a principal member of the Berlin Royal (later State) Opera. He also sang at the Chicago Opera (1921–25) and at London’s Covent Garden as Rigoletto (1924).
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