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Willi Domgraf Fassbaender

1900 - 1978

The singer and actor Willi Domgraf Fassbaender became well-known over the border as a inspired singer.
He studied voice by Julius Stückgold in Aachen. It followed first appearances in concerts before he made his debut as an opera singer in "Le Nozze di Figaro" in 1922. 
After an excursion to the German opera of Berlin he changed to the opera house Düsseldorf where he could impersonate a multitude of roles.
He went to the state opere of Stuttgart in 1927 where he became one of the most popular singers. On intiative of his collegue Richard Tauber he came back to Berlin where he soon was respectful called "the Italian baritone".

It didn't last very long till the German film, which experienced the heydays of musical movies, knocked at Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender's door.
In 1932 came several movies into being, among them "Der Sieger" (32), "Theodor Körner" (32) and "Die verkaufte Braut" (32), in which he acted and sang at Jarmila Novotna's side. With the last-mentioned movie he could even achieve a worldwide success.
Till the end of war he took part in other movies like "Aufforderung zum Tanz" (34) and "Figaros Hochzeit" (45).

After the war he didn't appear in movies but he continued his opera career smoothly. He sang among others at the Viennese state opera. Besides he also worked as an opera singer trainer at the conservatory of Nuremberg from 1954.

Willli Domgraf-Fassbaender was married with the actress Sabine Peters. Their common daugther Brigitte Fassbaender also became a famous singer.

Other movies with Willli Domgraf Fassbaender:
L'homme qui ne sait pas dire non - Der Mann, der nicht Nein sagen kann (32) Ich will Dich Liebe lehren (33) Ein Lied von Liebe (38) Lauter Liebe (40)