After originally studying medicine, Richard Mayr made his singing début at Bayreuth as Hagen in 1902. He joined the Vienna Opera, where he excelled in comedy, notably Leporello, Figaro and Ochs, but was equally successful in Wagnerian bass-baritone parts. Mayr sang in the première of Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten in 1919, regularly participated in the Salzburg Festival and first appeared at Covent Garden (as Ochs) in 1924. In 1927 he sang the first of his four Met seasons, in which he took principally Wagnerian rôles. Mayr was born near Salzburg in 1877 and died in Vienna in 1935.