Music: No More Mr. Nice Guy

Baritone Hermann Prey is spicing up his image

Onstage, he cuts a splendid figure: blond and handsome, with impossibly blue eyes, an athletic carriage and an assured, commanding presence. His distinctive, honey-rich, seductive lyric baritone voice is equally adept at the histrionic demands of opera and the more intimate sentiments of lieder. He is in demand at the world's great opera houses, has made dozens of recordings and in his native Germany has had his own television show. Along with his colleague and rival Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, he has long been regarded as a leading...

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