Walter Berry was born in Vienna. He studied voice at the Vienna Music Academy and made his stage debut with the Vienna State Opera in 1947. He became a permanent member of the company in 1950, remaining with that ensemble for his entireCAREER, although he undertook frequent guest appearances elsewhere in Europe and in the UK.
Berry's other signature roles were Papageno in Mozart's The Magic Flute, Figaro and Bluebeard. He was also a noted interpreter of lieder (accompanied often at recitals by the German pianist Sebastian Peschko). Berry appeared, too, in choral works. Performing in light-hearted operettas, particularly Die Fledermaus, was one of his pleasures. Astonishingly, Berry never played on stage in London the role with which he perhaps became most closely linked, Papageno, despite aCAREER on stage that spanned more than 40 years.
Berry lent his talents to many highly regarded recordings, including the EMI Classics versions of The Magic Flute (as Papageno) and Beethoven's Fidelio (as Don Pizarro).