Siehr, Gustav

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Siehr, Gustav

Siehr, Gustav, noted German bass; b. Arnsberg, Sept. 17, 1837; d. Munich, May 18, 1896. He studied with Heinrich Dorn and Julius Krause, making his debut in 1863 in Neustrelitz. He then sang in Prague (1865–70), Wiesbaden (1870–81), and at the Munich Court Opera (1881–96). He also appeared at the Bayreuth Festivals, where he created the role of Hagen in Götterdämmerung (Aug. 17, 1876). He was particularly distinguished as a Wagnerian interpreter.

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