Peter Maus


July 5, 2022

Peter Maus (March 24, 1948 in Bayreuth – June 17, 2022 in Berlin) was a German opera singer (tenor).


Peter Maus first studied church music at the church music school in Bayreuth. He received his vocal training at the Musikhochschule in Munich, e.g. with Hanno Blaschke, and privately with Margarethe von Winterfeldt in Berlin. He made his stage debut in 1972 at the Bayreuth Youth Festival in a performance of Richard Wagner's early work Das Liebesverbot. In 1974 he was engaged at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where he worked for almost 40 years without interruption until his official departure from the stage in 2013. He made his debut at the Deutsche Oper in February 1974 in Il trovatore. There he sang almost 100 roles in more than 70 stage works. He mainly took on roles for buffo and character tenor. His repertoire included i.a. Pedrillo in The Abduction from the Seraglio, Jaquino in Fidelio, Peter Ivanov in Tsar and Carpenter, Junker Sparlich in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Wenzel in The Bartered Bride, Minister Pong in Turandot and Aljeya in From the House of the Dead. He also sang numerous smaller roles; etc. he was heard at the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Narr in Boris Godunow and as Monsieur Triquet in Eugene Onegin. Occasionally Maus also interpreted lyrical roles in Mozart operas such as Belmonte and Ferrando. In 1981 he took part in the premiere of the opera Aus Deutschland by Mauricio Kagel at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. He also sang in works by contemporary composers such as Bernd Alois Zimmermann, Aribert Reimann and Wolfgang Rihm. In September 1992 he sang the part of the teacher in the premiere of the opera Das Schloss by Aribert Reimann. In 2002 he was cast as Spalanzani in The Tales of Hoffmann at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. In 2013 he sang the mime in Das Rheingold for his official stage farewell. Maus then continued to appear as a guest at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. In the 2015/16 season he was part of the premiere cast of the children's opera Kleines Stück Himmel by Ania Michaelis and Nuria Núñez Hierro. In December 2019 Maus appeared for the last time at the Deutsche Oper Berlin as a shepherd in Tristan und Isolde. For the 2022/23 season, Maus was cast for five performances as Alcindoro in La Bohème. He also made several guest appearances at the Unter den Linden State Opera the Bayreuth Festival. From 1993 to 1996 he was in Heiner Müller's Bayreuth Tristan production of the blind shepherd, where he offered a "particularly impressive" performance. with the passions of Johann Sebastian Bach. From 1986 Peter Maus had a teaching position at the Berlin University of the Arts. In 1995 he was appointed honorary professor there. In 2001 he was awarded the title "Berliner Kammersänger".Peter Maus died in June 2022 at the age of 74 after a short, serious illness.


Karl-Josef Kutsch, Leo Riemens: Big singer encyclopedia. Fourth, expanded and updated edition. Volume 4: Kainz-Menkes, p. 3003/04. Munich 2003, ISBN 3-598-11598-9.

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Works by and about Peter Maus in the German National Library catalogue Peter Maus at the Internet Movie Database Peter Mouse at Discogs Peter Maus – CV and performances (Bayreuth Festival) Peter Maus (1948–2022) – obituary (Deutsche Oper Berlin)

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