Schott, Anton



Famous tenor, who excelled espe- cially in Wagnerian roles. He was born at Staufeneck, in Swabia, and was educated at the military academy at Ludwigsburg, serving as an officer in the artillery from 1865 to 1871. At the close of the campaign he went on the operatic stage, making his debut as Max in Der Freischütz at Frankfort. After an engagement at the Munich opera he went to Berlin, where he sang from 1872 to 1875, later appearing at Schwerin and Hanover, besides making many concert tours. In London Schott sang in Lohengrin and Tannhauser and in 1881 created the part of Azum in Stanford's Veiled Prophet of Khorassan on its production in Hanover. He came to America in 1885 to appear in Wagnerian roles in New York under the management of Dr. Damrosch and there sang the part of Tannhauser with great success. For a number of years after quitting the operatic stage he was heard in concert. Schott was considered one of the greatest operatic tenors in his day and his repertory included besides the Wagnerian roles, those of Manrico in II Trovatore, Raoul, Robert le Diable, Masaniello, John of Leyden and Benvenuto Cellini.