Peter Lagger

Soloist, Bass
He was born in Buchs, Switzerland on 07/09/1930. He studied voice under Marco Rothmüller, Sylvia Gähwiller and Hans Duhan. He began his career in Graz, Austria in 1953. He sang in the Zürich Opera House (1955-1957), at the State Theatre in Wiesbaden (1957-1959), the Frankfurt Opera House (1959-1963) and subsequently at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. He appeared regularly in the Salzburg Festival: as Bartolo [The marriage of Figaro/Le nozze di Figaro] (1963-64); as Banco [Macbeth] (1964); in the premiere of Ηans Werner Henze’s The Bassarids [Die Bassariden] (1966); and, in Krzysztof Penderecki’s Magnificat (1974). He participated in the Swiss premiere of Werner Egk’s opera Peer Gynt (1955/56) and in the premiere of Louise Talma’s opera Alkestiade (Frankfurt, 1962). He sang in the Glyndebourne Festival, the Festival International d'Art Lyrique d'Aix-en-Provence, the Lucerne Festival and the Edinburgh International Festival, as well as at the Vienna State Opera, Hamburg State Opera, in Munich, Paris, Lyon, Warsaw, Naples, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro, and Washington. His repertoire includes the roles: Sarastro [The magic flute/Die Zauberflöte], Caspar [The Freeshooter/Der Freischütz], Daland [The Flying Dutchman/Der fliegende Holländer], Kecal [The Bartered Bride/Prodaná nevěsta], Hunding [The Valkyrie/Die Walküre], Crespel [The tales of Hoffman/Les contes d'Hoffmann], Varlaam [Boris Godunov]. He also appeared extensively in concert performances of contemporary music. In 1970 he was awarded by the German government for his contribution. His large number of recordings include: The marriage of Figaro (DG), Macbeth, Fidelio (Eurodisc), Don Giovanni (HMV-Electrola), Le prophète (GAM), etc. He died in Berlin on 17/09/1979. He worked with the GNO in the production of Macbeth as Banco (Athens Festival, Herodeion, 1968/69).