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Fritz Wunderlich

Singer details:

Voice: Tenor
Nationality: German
Year of Birth: 1930
Year of Death: 1966

About Fritz Wunderlich:

Friedrich "Fritz" Karl Otto Wunderlich (26 September 1930 – 17 September 1966) was a German lyric tenor, famed for his singing of the Mozart repertory and various lieder. He died in an accident when he was only 35.

Wunderlich was born in Kusel in the Palatinate, Germany. His mother was a violinist and his father was a choirmaster. For a short time, the family kept the inn "Emrichs Bräustübl" (Emrich's Brewing Cottage). 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.

Fritz mastered several instruments while still a schoolboy and when he entered the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg in 1950, his principal study was the horn. Then the singing teacher Margarethe von Winterfeldt  discovered and trained his 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.

He occasionally sang and recorded minor Wagner roles such as the steersman in The Flying Dutchman, Walther von der Vogelweide in Tannhäuser, and the shepherd in Tristan und Isolde. He sang and recorded the role of the Italian Tenor in Der Rosenkavalier.

It was the fashion during Wunderlich's career for German theatres 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 La traviata and Rossini's The Barber of Seville. (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, conducted by Karl Böhm, in which Wunderlich gave a critically acclaimed performance as Prince Tamino, opposite baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in the role of Papageno. There is also a live performance of The Magic Flute recorded in 1960 at the Salzburg Festival, and several recordings as Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail. Recordings also exist of lesser-known Mozart operas such as Zaide and La finta giardiniera

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Südwind Südwind! Popularity:

Opera: Fliegende Holländer, DerComposer: WagnerAct: 1.07

Type: recitative,choirVoice: T B B-BrLanguage: German

Roles: Steersman/Daland/Dutchman
2He holla Steuermann Popularity:

Opera: Fliegende Holländer, DerComposer: WagnerAct: 1.05

Type: recitativeVoice: B TLanguage: German

Roles: Daland/Steersman
3Mit Gewitter und Sturm aus fernem Meer Popularity:

Opera: Fliegende Holländer, DerComposer: WagnerAct: 1.03

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Steersman
4Kein Zweifel sieben Meilen fort Popularity:

Opera: Fliegende Holländer, DerComposer: WagnerAct: 1.02

Type: recitativeVoice: B TLanguage: German

Roles: Daland/Steersman
5Dir töne Lob Popularity:

Opera: TannhäuserComposer: WagnerAct: 1.02

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Tannhäuser
6Ella mi fu rapita Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 3.01-1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Duke
7Annina donde vieni Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.02-2

Type: quartetVoice: T S S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo/Annina/Violetta/Giorgio
8Parigi o cara Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.07

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta/Alfredo
9Alfredo voi Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.17

Type: ensembleVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta/Alfredo
10Ne rispondi d'un padre all affetto Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.13-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo
11Dammi tu forza o cielo Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.10

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta/Alfredo
12Un di felice eterea Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.05-2

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta/Alfredo
13De miei bollenti spiriti Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.02-1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo
14Lunge da lei Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.01

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo
15La donna e mobile Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.02

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Duke
16Ebben..? che diavol fate Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.06

Type: trioVoice: T S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo/Violetta/Giuseppe
17Kuda kuda vi udalilis Popularity:

Opera: Eugene OneginComposer: TchaikovskyAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Russian

Roles:
18Adieu Mignon Popularity:

Opera: MignonComposer: ThomasAct: 2.01

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Wilhelm
19Jeden heiligen Morgen Popularity:

Opera: DaphneComposer: StraussAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Apollo
20Di rigori armato il seno Popularity:

Opera: Rosenkavalier, DerComposer: StraussAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Italian singer
21Ja das Schreiben und das Lesen Popularity:

Opera: Zigeunerbaron, DerComposer: Strauss jrAct: 1.05-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Zsupán
22Trinke Liebchen trinke schnell Popularity:

Opera: Fledermaus, DieComposer: Strauss jrAct: 1.17

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Alfred
23Eviva Caramello willkommen alte Freunde Popularity:

Opera: Nacht in Venedig, EineComposer: Strauss jrAct: 1.06

Type: aria,choirVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Caramello
24Dieser Anstand so manierlich Popularity:

Opera: Fledermaus, DieComposer: Strauss jrAct: 2.08

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: German

Roles: Rosalinde/Gabriel
25Ich stehe voll Zagen Popularity:

Opera: Fledermaus, DieComposer: Strauss jrAct: 3.07

Type: trioVoice: T T SLanguage: German

Roles: Gabriel/Alfred/Rosalinde
26Ja das alles auf Ehr Popularity:

Opera: Zigeunerbaron, DerComposer: Strauss jrAct: 1.03

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles:
27So muss allein ich bleiben Popularity:

Opera: Fledermaus, DieComposer: Strauss jrAct: 1.14

Type: trio,recitativeVoice: T Br SLanguage: German

Roles: Gabriel/Falke/Rosalinde
28Armer Narr Popularity:

Opera: Verkaufte Braut, DieComposer: SmetanaAct:

Type: Voice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles:
29So find ich dich Feinsliebchen Popularity:

Opera: Verkaufte Braut, DieComposer: SmetanaAct:

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: German

Roles: Marenka/Vasek
30Es muss gelingen Popularity:

Opera: Verkaufte Braut, DieComposer: SmetanaAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Jeník
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