Fritz Schrödter studied at the conservatories in Düsseldorf and Köln. He began his career as an operetta tenor in Northern Germany. During a guest engagement at the Friedrich-Wilhelmstädtisches Theater in Berlin, he was heard by Johann Strauß, who arranged an engagement for him at the National Theater in Budapest in 1876. He sang operetta in Vienna in 1877 and then went to Prague for training in the operatic repertory. He made his operatic debut in 1879 at the German Theater in Prague. Schrödter was a guest at Covent Garden in 1884 and joined the Vienna Hofoper in 1886. He would remain a member of that company until 1915. He was the father-in-law of the great Czech bass Vilém Heš (Wilhelm Hesch).
I wish to thank Richard J. Venezia for the recording (Werther).