Paul Kötter

31 October 1898 Wuppertal-Barmen – 17 September 1974 Frankfurt

Paul Kötter sings Die Walküre: Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond
In RA format

After military service in WWI, Kötter studied voice with Julius von Raatz-Brockmann in Berlin. In 1928, he made his debut as Stolzing in Essen. In 1930, he went to Hamburg, and in 1935, to Frankfurt am Main, while continuing to sing in Hamburg as a guest (until 1942). Other guest appearances: Munich, Berlin (both at the Deutsche Oper and the Staatsoper), Wiesbaden, Prague, Belgrade, Antwerp, Gent, Sofia, Zoppot festival, Dresden, Vienna Volksoper.

He specialized in Wagner, but sang also a lot of operetta, plus Radames, Manrico, Riccardo, Turiddu, Kaiser, Königssohn or Hüon.

He stayed at the Frankfurt opera until 1973 (!); before 1945 as a singer, after the war he was responsible for visitor relations, staff issues, and worked as a stage director.

Reference: Kutsch & Riemens
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I wish to thank Daniele Godor for the recording.

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