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date: 05 December 2019

Wunderlich, Fritz locked

  • Andrew Porter
  • , revised by Richard Wigmore


(b Kusel, Rheinland-Pfalz, Sept 26, 1930; d Heidelberg, Sept 17, 1966). German tenor . During his short career Wunderlich was Germany’s leading lyric tenor. He studied at the Freiburg Musikhochschule, sang Tamino there in 1954, and was engaged by the Stuttgart Opera in 1955, making his début (apart from some appearances in small parts) in the same role. In 1958 he joined the Frankfurt company, and at the Salzburg Festival in 1959 he sang Henry in Strauss’s Die schweigsame Frau, conducted by Böhm. In 1960 he joined the Staatsoper in Munich and from 1962 also spent part of the year with the Vienna Staatsoper.

Wunderlich’s voice was well formed, clear and firm of timbre; his style was unaffected, manly and sensitive. At the time of his death from a fall, Rodolfo in La bohème and Wagnerian roles were on the horizon. His singing of Mozart was internationally famous: he sang Don Ottavio at Covent Garden in ...

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