Siegmund Nimsgern (born 14 January 1940) is a German bass-baritone, born in Sankt Wendel, Saarland, Germany.
After leaving school in 1960 he studied singing and musical education at the
Hochschule für Musik Saar with Sibylle Fuchs, Jakob Stämpfli and Paul Lohmann.
He made his debut at the Saarländisches Staatstheater in
Saarbrücken in 1967. In 1971, he went to the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf and Duisburg. From there he began his international career as an opera singer.
He sang at
La Scala in Milan, at Covent Garden in London, at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and at the Vienna State Opera.
In the years 1983 to 1987, he sang Wotan at the
Bayreuth Festival under Georg Solti, Peter Schneider and Peter Hall in . The Ring of the Nibelung
He has recorded numerous operas including
, Der Vampyr , Schwanda the Bagpiper , Martha , Hansel and Gretel , La serva padrona , and a 1989 Parsifal Grammy Award-winning recording of . Lohengrin
He lives with his family in
Sankt Ingbert, Saarland, Germany. His son is the musical theatre composer Frank Nimsgern.
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