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German ‘Phantom’ dies

Hofmann straddled rock, opera and musical theater genres

Teutonic singer Peter Hofmann, who was famous for his perfs in rock, opera and tuners, died Nov. 30 in Bavaria, Germany, of complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was 66.

Hofmann made his name performing at the annual Bayreuth festival celebrating the music of Richard Wagner. He toured stages across the world, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and performed as the titular character of the “Phantom of the Opera” in Hamburg.

His international breakthrough came in 1976, when he played Siegmund in Wagner’s “Ring” cycle at Bayreuth.

Starting in 1990, he starred 300 times in the German version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical “Phantom of the Opera,” performed in Hamburg. He also hosted a TV show in Germany and performed Elvis Presley songs on a tour across Europe.

Hofmann had Parkinson’s for several years and stopped performing in 1999.

“Peter Hofmann, unlike few others, bridged the gap between entertainment and serious music,” Culture Minister Bernd Neumann said in a statement. “His accomplishments as rock singer in the ‘Phantom of the Opera,’ but even more his exceptionally gifted interpretations of Wagner, are unforgettable.”

Survivor include his wife, three children and a brother.

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