Paul Frey: A Story Never Predicted

From Trucking to the World Opera Stage

By Nancy Silcox

Foreword by Werner Herzog

Paul Frey: A Story Never Predicted

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  • ISBN: 9781725261655
  • Pages: 242
  • Publication Date: 6/22/2020
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Paul Frey: A Story Never Predicted

From Trucking to the World Opera Stage

By Nancy Silcox

Foreword by Werner Herzog

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  • ISBN: 9781725261655
  • Pages: 242
  • Publication Date: 6/22/2020
  • Retail Price: $25.00
Web Price: $20.00
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About-

A more unlikely world opera star than Paul Frey could not be found. Born into a conservative order Mennonite farming family in rural Ontario, Canada in 1941, he was a high school dropout. His first career was as a truck driver, transporting livestock to market. But he was a young man with a powerful and true tenor voice, and a desire to sing opera. Entering opera school unable to read musical notes or count beats, Frey was offered primarily chorus roles during training and after graduation. Frustrated, he moved to Switzerland in 1977, signing a contract with the Theater Basel as house tenor.

In 1987, Frey came to the attention of Wolfgang Wagner of the famed Bayreuth Opera House in Bayreuth, Germany. He was chosen to star in Bayreuth’s Werner-Herzog-directed production of Richard Wagner’s Lohengrin. At Bayreuth, Frey became a star and the world sat up and took notice. Offered lead roles from opera houses across the globe, Paul Frey was compared to the greatest of tenors, including Canadian Jon Vickers. Retiring in 2005, Paul Frey lives today in “Mennonite Country,” where he was born and raised.

Endorsements & Reviews-

“Paul Frey is an astonishing yet hidden asset for Canada! His incredible tenor voice, commanding stage presence, and mastery of the Wagner’s Lohengrin repertoire deserve to be rediscovered. A hidden treasure in Canadian musical history!”

—Adrienne Clarkson, Former Governor General of Canada; author of Room for All of Us

Contributors-

Nancy Silcox
Werner Herzog

Bio(s)-

Nancy Silcox is a former teacher and university counselor, living in Waterloo Region, Ontario. She has written fourteen biographies/historical biographies of individuals who have gone “the road less traveled” in their lives and careers. These include author Edna Staebler; pioneering midwife Elsie Cressman; and Vera Good, executive producer of TVO’s “The Polka Dot Door.”

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