Grammy Award-Winning Opera Singer. A basso able to sing the lowest notes of the range, he is remembered for his long career on both sides of the Atlantic. Raised in the Cologne suburbs, he originally trained as a cellist, but following vocal study at the Music School of Cologne joined the Cologne Opera at age 20. Moll was to have engagements in Mainz and Wuppertal, steadily increasing the importance of his assignments as he went along, before landing at the Hamburg State Opera in 1969. He sang at the major houses of Europe, making his name in such roles as Baron Ochs of Richard Strauss' "Der Rosenkavalier", Gurnemanz from Wagner's "Parsifal", Osmin in Mozart's "The Abduction from the Seraglio", Hunding of Wagner's "Die Walkure", Dr. Bartolo in Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro", King Marke from Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde", Sarastro in Mozart's "The Magic Flute", and, perhaps his signature piece, The Commendatore who returns from Hell to fetch the title lead of Mozart's "Don Giovanni". Moll bowed at La Scala Milano in 1974 as King Marke, that same year made his American debut with the San Francisco Opera as Gurnemanz, had his 1977 Covent Garden bow as Caspar in Weber's "Der Freischutz", and was first heard at the Metropolitan Opera on September 18, 1978 as Landgraf Hermann of Wagner's "Tannhauser", then was to sing there as Baron Ochs, Osmin, the hired killer Sparafucile from Verdi's "Rigoletto", Rocco of Beethoven's "Fidelio", and Lodovico in Verdi's "Otello" before his March 8, 1990 128th and last Met appearance, leaving as as Osmin. Holder of the title Kammersanger (KS), he received a 1990 Grammy for his work in James Levine's 1988 preservation of Wagner's "Das Rheingold" and retired in 2006 after giving performances at Munich's Bavarian State Opera as The Commendatore as well as the Night Watchman of Wagner's "Die Meistersinger". Last heard in America at a 2011 Carnegie Hall Master Class, he died following a protracted illness leaving a massive recorded legacy of both CDs and DVDs.
Bio by: Bob Hufford