Peter Meven

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Franz Peter Meven (born October 1, 1929 in Cologne ; † August 30, 2003 in Waldorf ) was a German opera and concert singer (bass).


Peter Meven began his career after studying sculpture as a theater sculptor at the Cologne Opera . Because of his habit of singing at work, his beautiful bass caught the eye of a singer who worked there, who recommended that he take singing lessons. After taking private lessons with Felix Knäpper and Robert Blasius, he completed his training at the Cologne University of Music .

At the age of 21 and just starting out as a theater sculptor, he married Erika Meven, née Klöcker, in 1951; the marriage has four daughters.

In 1958 Peter Meven got his first engagement at the Stadttheater Hagen; From there he made his way via Mainz and Wiesbaden to Düsseldorf, where he was a member of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein ensemble until 1994 .

He has also worked on numerous guest tours at almost all well-known opera houses in the western hemisphere. His repertoire encompassed all of the major character roles in his vocal field, plus a large number of oratorios and songs.

Meven's voice, as heard on numerous vinyl and CD recordings, impressed with its enormous radiance, a full, almost hypnotic timbre and great flexibility. Perfect singing as well as speaking technique, high musicality and intense representational expression made him an exceptional artist.

Meven also found his expression in the fine arts: parallel to his stage career, he devoted himself - albeit privately - to painting and sculpture.


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