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Ombra mai fu

Opera details:

Opera title:

Xerxes

Composer:

Georg Handel

Language:

Italian

Synopsis:

Xerxes Synopsis

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Mezzo-Soprano or CounterTenor

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Fritz Wunderlich Handel: Xerxes "Ombra mai fu" (Largo)

Singer: Fritz Wunderlich

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Fritz Wunderlich Handel: Xerxes "Ombra mai fu" (Largo)

Handel: Xerxes
"Ombra ma fu" (Largo)
Fritz Wunderlich, lyric tenor

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Friedrich "Fritz" Karl Otto Wunderlich (September 26, 1930 September 17, 1966) was a German lyric tenor, born in Kusel in the Rhineland. His mother was a violinist and his father was a choir-master. For a short time, the family kept the inn "Emrichs Bräustübl". Fritz's father lost his job due to pressure imposed upon him by local Nazis, in addition to suffering from a severe battlefield injury. He committed suicide when Fritz was five years old. The story regarding Wunderlich's discovery parallels many of his contemporaries (notably Nicolai Gedda and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau). As a young man Wunderlich worked in a bakery. At the insistence of neighbors and passers-by who had witnessed his musical gifts and beautiful voice, Wunderlich decided to begin studies in music. He managed to obtain a scholarship in order to pursue his studies at the Freiburg College of Music where he studied French horn and voice.

Wunderlich was soon noted as a brilliant young tenor, especially in Mozartian roles, but he later expanded his reach to the full range of the lyric tenor repertoire. It was the fashion during Wunderlich's career for German theaters to perform operas in the local rather than original language. Therefore, most of his recordings of the standard operatic repertoire are sung in German, including Verdi's Rigoletto and Don Carlos. (He sang his recording of the Verdi Requiem in distinctly Germanic Latin.) Wunderlich achieved the highest distinction within the German repertory. Of special importance is a recording of Mozart's The Magic Flute in which Wunderlich stars as Prince Tamino opposite baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in the role of Papageno. This was one of the first recordings of this piece; it was aggressively marketed by Deutsche Grammophon and it remains a best-seller.

Wunderlich's crystal-clear voice and intelligent, restrained interpretation also led him to impressive renditions of the Lieder cycles of Schubert and Schumann with pianist Hubert Giesen. His famous recording of Schumann's Dichterliebe remains a golden standard of this genre. Many tenors since have emulated Wunderlich's interpretation of this cycle.

Another notable recording he left is J. S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio, with fellow singers Gundula Janowitz, Christa Ludwig, and Franz Crass, conducted by Karl Richter. Also astonishing is an album of pre-Bach sacred songs, featuring music of Schütz, Telemann, Buxtehude, and other less well-known composers.

He occasionally sang minor Wagner roles such as the Steuermann in The Flying Dutchman, Walther von der Vogelweide in Tannhäuser, and the Hirt in Tristan und Isolde.

Wunderlich's promising career was cut short by an accident: he fell from a stairway in a friend's country house in Oberderdingen near Maulbronn, and died in the University Clinic of Heidelberg just days before his 36th birthday. He is buried in Munich's Waldfriedhof cemetery.

At the time of his death, he had been recording Haydn's The Creation, with the Berlin Philharmonic and the Wiener Singverein under Herbert von Karajan, the other soloists being Christa Ludwig, Gundula Janowitz, Walter Berry and Fischer-Dieskau. Wunderlich had completed recording his arias, but Werner Krenn was hired to record the recitatives. Several recorded live performances of Wunderlich singing the whole part, under Karajan, survive.

Available videos include a full-length performance (in German) as Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville, and a recital of operatic arias.

In a survey published in the BBC Music Magazine of April 2008, Wunderlich was voted the fourth greatest tenor of all time.[1]

His hobbies included hunting (he was on a hunting-vacation when he fell down stairs and died), guns, and fast cars.

Watch videos with other singers performing Ombra mai fu:

Andreas Scholl Largo di Handel Ombra mai fu Aria da Xerxes HWV 40 Bonazeta YT 1086
5 - Andreas Scholl
Philippe Jaroussky Ombra mai fu Serse by G F Handel 1089
5 - Philippe Jaroussky

Kathleen Battle Ombra mai fu 54600
1 - Kathleen Battle
Ombra Mai Fu Dmitri Hvorostovsky 1099
6 - Dmitri Hvorostovsky

Ombra Mai Fu Cecilia Bartoli 1087
2 - Cecilia Bartoli
Jennifer Larmore Haendel s Ombra mai fu  1132
2 - Jennifer Larmore

Fritz Wunderlich Handel Xerxes Ombra mai fu Largo 1103
5 - Fritz Wunderlich

David Daniels 1997 Ombra mai fu Xerxes Handel 1094
5 - David Daniels

Handel Serse Ombra mai fu Lorraine HuntLieberson 1104
1 - Élisabeth Duparc
Haendel Ombra Mai Fu Nathalie Stutzmann Orfeo 55 54603
3 - Nathalie Stutzmann

GF Handel Ombra mai fu Sara Mingardo Accademia degli Astrusi Federico Ferri dir 1122
3 - Sara Mingardo
Lucia Popp Ombra mai fu 54608
1 - Lucia Popp

Joyce DiDonato sings Ombra mai fu Serse with the most seamless vocal line 1126
2 - Joyce DiDonato
Kathleen Ferrier Ombra mai fu George F Handel Serse 1949 1093
3 - Kathleen Ferrier

Placido Domingo Ombra mai fu Handel 54611
5 - Plácido Domingo
Rolando Villazon Ombra mai fu 54614
5 - Rolando Villazón

Handel Serse HWV 40 Ombra mai fu Marilyn Horne 1111
2 - Marilyn Horne
Patricia Janekova Ombra Mai Fu Postorna 2017 181277
1 - Patricia Jane?ková

ENRICO CARUSO SINGS OMBRA MAI FU 1933 54622
5 - Enrico Caruso
Handel Serse Ombra mai fu Maureen Forrester 1113
3 - Maureen Forrester

Handel s Ombra mai fu Malena Ernman 23911
2 - Malena Ernman

James Bowman Ombra Mai Fu  54629
5 - James Bowman

British Contralto Clara Butt Ombra mai fu 1917 54630
3 - Clara Butt
Jochen Kowalski countertenor Handel Ombra mai fu 54633
5 - Jochen Kowalski

Florin Cezar Ouatu Ombra mai fu Xerxes GFHaendel 54636
5 - Florin Cezar Ouatu
Handel Xerxes Overture and Ombra mai fu Ann Murray 1102
2 - Ann Murray

Eva Marton Ombra mai fu Handel Xerxes New York Harp Ensemble 54640
1 - Éva Marton
Beniamino Gigli Ombra Mai Fu Handel s Largo FULL ARIA 54644
5 - Beniamino Gigli

Anthony Roth Costanzo oeOmbra mai fu from Xerxes Handel 54657
5 - Anthony Roth Costanzo
Franco Fagioli Serse King Ombra mai fu Piu che penso Se bramate Crude Furie Handel Caffarelli 1131
5 - Franco Fagioli

Renata Pokupic Georg Friedrich Handel Frondi tenere Ombra mai fu 54667
2 - Renata Pokupi?
John Holiday sings oeOmbra mai fu from Serse Handel Brent Funderburk piano 54676
5 - John Holiday

Ombra mai fu Adriana Kuerova Solamente Naturali 54677
1 - Adriana Ku?erová
Ombra mai fu Handel Largo 54690
5 - Jyrki Niskanen

David Hansen Ombra mai fu Handel Serse 54695
5 - David Hansen

Franco Corelli Ombra mai fu Handel Serse 54709
5 - Franco Corelli

Handel Xerxes Ombra mai fu 1974 Renata Tebaldi 1128
1 - Renata Tebaldi
Dame Janet Baker Handel Serse Ombra mai fu  54723
2 - Janet Baker

Emma Albani sing Serse Xerxes HWV 40 Act I Ombra mai fu 54731
1 - Emma Albani
Tobias Cole performing Handel s Ombra mai fu 54737
5 - Tobias Cole

Dubravka ZubovicmezzosopranoGFHaendelXerxes Ombra Mai Fu 54738
2 - Dubravka Zubovi?
Haendel Ombra mai fu Stephanie Blythe 54741
2 - Stephanie Blythe

HandelOmbra mai fuLesne 54749
5 - Gérard Lesne
Handel Serse Ombra mai fu Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Partitura 54751
2 - Lorraine Hunt Lieberson

Ian Bostridge Ombra mai fu Serse George Frideric Handel 1117
5 - Ian Bostridge
Robert Merrill with Yehudi Menuhin Carroll Hollister Ombra mai fu Handel s Largo  54647
2 - Risë Stevens
3 - Marian Anderson
5 - Jan Peerce
6 - Robert Merrill

CASTRATI La Voce Bianca A Scientific Experiment Aria Ombra mai fu from Xerxes by Handel 54650
2 - Jennifer Johnston
5 - Michael Maniaci
5 - Nicholas Clapton
Franco Fagioli counterT Cecilia Bartoli mezzosop Ombra mai fu Serse opera Handel to Caffarelli 54719
2 - Cecilia Bartoli
5 - Franco Fagioli

Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

Frondi tenere e belle
del mio platano amato
per voi risplenda il fato.
Tuoni, lampi, e procelle
non v'oltraggino mai la cara pace,
né giunga a profanarvi austro rapace.

Ombra mai fu
di vegetabile,
cara ed amabile,
soave più.

English Libretto or Translation:

Tender and beautiful fronds
of my beloved plane tree,
let Fate smile upon you.
May thunder, lightning, and storms
never disturb your dear peace,
nor may you by blowing winds be profaned.

Never was a shade
of any plant
dearer and more lovely,
or more sweet.

Sheetmusic in our database with this aria

Operatic Anthology: Mezzo-Soprano