Vogl, Johann Michael
- Ewan West
(b Ennsdorf, nr Steyr, Upper Austria, Aug 10, 1768; d Vienna, Nov 20, 1840). Austrian baritone. Though Vogl’s vocal talents were apparent from an early age, he first studied law at the University of Vienna, before being persuaded into a musical career by his schoolboy friend Süssmayr. In May 1794 he joined the company of the Vienna Hofoper, making his solo début the following year in P. Wranitzky’s Die gute Mutter. With his fine vocal technique and commanding stage presence, he soon established himself as one of the leading singers of his day and was equally well regarded in both German and Italian opera. Among roles in which he excelled were those of Oreste in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride, Count Almaviva in Figaro, and Mikéli in Cherubini’s Les deux journées. In 1814 he appeared as Pizarro in the première of Beethoven’s Fidelio.
Vogl first made Schubert’s acquaintance in early ...