1909 – Hans Hotter, born on the 19th of January in Offenbach-am-Main, WC Germany. He was a German operatic bass-baritone, admired internationally after World War II for the power, beauty and intelligence of his singing, especially in Wagner’s masterpieces.
1930 – He studied in Munich and, after working as an organist and choirmaster, made his debut as an opera singer.
1940 – He settled in Munich, but sang frequently in Vienna and Bayreuth, becoming one of the leading Wagnerian baritones of his day.
1947 – He performed in Germany and Austria under the Nazi regime, but was unable to pursue an international career until his Covent Garden debut.
1950 – He made his Metropolitan Opera debut as the title role in The Flying Dutchman (in English).
1960 – His interpretation of this character in the operas Die Walkure and Siegfried was documented as part of the first commercial recording of the cycle, with conductor Georg Solti and record producer John Culshaw.
1961 – 1964 – He also directed a complete Ring at Covent Garden.
1972 – He retired from opera.
1991 – Continued to do recital work until this year.
2003 – Died on the 6th of December.