Although born in Austria, he grew up in Bayreuth, and sang in the famous "Regensburger
Domspatzen" boys' choir as a soprano; at the Bayreuth Festivals of 1954 and 1955, he sang the Shepherd in Tannhäuser. As an
adult, he returned to Bayreuth and sang in the festival choir from 1969 to 1975. At that time, he already studied voice and
violin in Vienna.
His entire solo career (1976–2008) was spent at the Deutsche Oper Berlin as a comprimario: in roles like Yamadori, Erster
Geharnischter, Normanno, Balthasar Zorn or Malcolm. He also appeared, again, at the Bayreuth Festival as a comprimario in tiny
roles in Parsifal and Lohengrin (1980).
At smaller summer festivals, and as a guest in places like Karlsruhe, Braunschweig, Antwerp or Prague, but also at La Fenice in Venice, he would
sing main roles (Max, Florestan, Loge, even Parsifal). A special place in his career was occupied by the operas of Siegfried
Wagner, which he championed and performed at several small German festivals and theaters (Rudolstadt, Weikersheim, Fürth).