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Verleihung der Ehrenmitgliedschaft an Peter Seiffert - Deutsche Oper Berlin

Honorary membership awarded to Peter Seiffert

Perhaps the most important moment in Peter Seiffert's singing life came on 23 June 1990 at the Deutsche Oper Berlin: he himself described his role debut as Lohengrin in the premiere of Götz Friedrich's new production as a ‘drumbeat in his career’. Indeed, the tenor's path was mapped out from that day onwards - away from the lyrical roles such as Tamino in THE MAGIC FLUTE, Ottavio in DON GIOVANNI or Faust in Gounod's opera and towards the more dramatic heroes of Richard Wagner, who would increasingly take centre stage in Seiffert's long, fulfilling singing career over the next three decades. His years in the ensemble of the Deutsche Oper Berlin played a decisive role in this career, which was to take him to all the great stages of the world: at the age of 28, the young tenor, who had come to Berlin from the opera ensemble in his home city of Düsseldorf, introduced himself to the audience at Bismarckstraße with Matteo in Strauss' ARABELLA alongside Gundula Janowitz. But this prominent debut was to be followed by years in which Peter Seiffert embodied larger and smaller roles in an unspectacular manner in the theatre's prominent ensemble, allowing his voice to mature: his path led him from the German operas of Lortzing and Nicolai through Mozart, Smetana and Janáček to Wagner's Schwanenritter. And although it was clear from this legendary debut that the Deutsche Oper Berlin would not be able to keep its new tenor star for much longer, Peter Seiffert remained loyal to the theatre even after leaving the ensemble in 1992. Since then, Berlin audiences have been able to experience him as Tannhäuser, Tristan and Siegmund, but also as Otello, Turridu in CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA and Pedro in Eugen d'Albert's TIEFLAND. Over three hundred appearances in 26 roles in almost four decades until his last appearance at the theatre as Tannhäuser on 11 May 2019. And that is more than enough for Peter Seiffert to be awarded honorary membership of the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 22 May, after the first act of Wagner's DIE WALKÜRE.

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