Bender, Paul

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Bender, Paul (b Driedorf, 1875; d Munich, 1947). Ger. bass. Début Breslau 1900 (Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte); closely assoc. with Munich Opera until 1933 after his début there 1903. CG début 1914 (Amfortas in f. Eng. stage p. of Parsifal). NY Met 1922–7; Salzburg Fest. début 1926. Distinguished exponent of roles of Wotan, Sachs, Osmin, and Baron Ochs and of ballads of J. Loewe. Became teacher at Munich Mus. Sch.