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Open Features: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Peter Wintersgill outlines the life of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau who has a repertory of over 1000 songs.

Born
28th May, 1925, in Berlin

Adolescence
Studied at Berlin Hoschule with George Walter and Hermann Weisseborn.

Adult Life
He made his Berlin debut in 1947 and sang Verdi’s Posa there in 1948. He rapidly became one of the world’s leading baritones. He sang Mozart’s Count, Falstaff, Wozzeck, Sachs and Mittenhofer in Henze’s Elegy for Young Lovers.

His English debut was in 1957 with Beecham in Delius’s Mass of Life, and his New York debut in 1965 as Mandryka in Stauss’s Arabella. He sang at Bayreuth from 1954 and in the USA from 1955.

His greatest achievement has been in lieder, having a repertory of over 1000 songs, and has set a very high standard in the songs of Schubert, Schumann, Brahms and Wolff.

He was the first singer of the baritone role in Britten’s War Requiem in Coventry in 1964.

In 1975 he took up conducting.


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