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date: 18 January 2020

Dauer, Johann [Joseph] Ernstlocked

  • Christopher Raeburn
  •  and Dorothea Link

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(b Hildburghausen, 1746; d Vienna, Sept 12, 1812). German tenor. He began his career in 1768, and in 1771 was engaged in Hamburg, where he sang in Singspiele. In 1775 he went to Gotha and in 1777 to Frankfurt and Mannheim. In 1779 he was engaged at the court theatre in Vienna, initially singing in the Singspiel company (making his début as Alexis in Monsigny’s Le déserteur) and, the following year, also acting in the spoken theatre company. He created Pedrillo in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail (1782) and Sturmwald in Dittersdorf’s Der Apotheker und der Doktor (1786). He was a useful though uninspired performer: according to the actor F.L. Schröder, ‘He touched the heart in neither serious nor comic roles. His manner was a little cold and remote; his movement somewhat wooden’ (O. Michtner: Das alte Burgtheater als Opernbühne, Vienna, 1970...

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