- Paul Corneilson
(b Mainz, Aug 18, 1745; d Berlin, July 10, 1825), German bass. He was singing in a church choir in Mainz, where he was discovered by the tenor Anton Raaff; Fischer followed Raaff to Mannheim in 1770 to continue his voice study, and he received an appointment at court by 1772 (according to the libretto of Salieri’s La fiera di Venezia, 1772). In summer 1775 he appeared as Herkules in Anton Schweitzer’s Alceste. By 1776 he was earning 200 florins a year at Mannheim, and in 1777 he created the role of Rudolf in Ignaz Holzbauer’s Günther von Schwarzburg. The following year he accompanied Elector Carl Theodor to Munich and sang there one season. On 6 October 1779, Fischer married the soprano Barbara Strasser (b Mannheim, 1758; d after 1825), and three of their children had successful singing careers: Joseph (1780–1862), Josepha Fischer-Vernier (...