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Open Features: Fritz Wunderlich

Peter Wintersgill outlines the short life of tenor Fritz Wunderlich.

Born
26th. September 1930 in Kusel, Germany.

Adolescence
Studied with Margarete von Wintenfeldt at Freiberg.

Adult life
Debut as soloist with Freiberg Bach Choir. Opera debut Freiberg 1954 as Tamino in Zauberflote.

Sang in Stuttgart from 1955, later at Frankfurt and Munich sang at Aix-en-Provence Festival 1958, Salzburg Festival 1959. Covent Garden debut 1965 as Don Ottavio. Sang at Vienna & Berlin Operas. Created role of Tiresias in Orff 's Oedipus der Tyrann. Sang Henry in Strauss' Die Schweigsane Frau and Leikippos in Daphne. He recorded the tenor songs in Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde with Klemperer. He was the leading tenor in Germany with his clear well formed voice.

He died from a fall 17th. September 1966 in Heidelberg aged only 36.

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