|OPERA SINGER, THEATRE MANAGER (GERMANY)|
BORN 7 Feb 1887, Hannover, Niedersachsen - DIED 1 Sep 1959, Icking, Bayern|
GRAVE LOCATION Icking, Bayern (near München): Waldfriedhof
Wilhelm Rode worked for an insurance company before he took singing lessons in Hannover. He debuted in 1909 as an opera singer and was best known for his parts in the opera's of Richard Wagner. He started his career in Bremerhaven (1912-1914), Breslau (1914-1921) and Stuttgart (1921-1922). From 1922 to 1930 he was engaged at the Bayerischen Staatsoper in Munich.
Between 1929 and 1932 he appeared at the Festspiele in Salzburg. From 1934 to 1943 he was the director of the Deutschen Oper in Berlin. During that time he had good relations with Joseph Goebbels.
Scheibmayr, Erich, Gräber in Oberbayern - ausserhalb von München, Verlag Erich Scheibmayr, München, 1998
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