He made his operatic debut in 1962 in Essen as the Police Commissioner in Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier. He joined the Hamburg State Opera in 1964 where he was made a Kammersänger. He had a long career in which he sang most of the major bass roles in many opera houses, both in Europe and America. He made numerous appearances at the Bayreuth Festival over several decades.
His signature roles were Sarastro and the major Wagnerian noble-bass roles, including King Marke, Gurnemanz, the Landgrave, and Veit Pogner. He occasionally played Baron Ochs, and Hunding. He played Wotan a few times, later in his career.
Sotin made numerous recordings of both operatic works and symphonic works, including the Verdi Requiem and the roles of Sarastro and the Second Armed Man in two recordings of The Magic Flute. He can be seen on video as Sarastro and as Gurnemanz.
- Nicolas Slonimsky: Baker's Biographical Dictionary of 20th Century Classical Musicians, New York: Schirmer, 1997. ISBN 978-0-02-871271-0
- Short biography and discography on the Städtische Bühnen Münster site
- Biography on the Camerata-vocale site
- Interview with Hans Sotin by Bruce Duffie, October 25, 1980
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