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Fritz Wunderlich

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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
1Zum Ziele führt dich diese Bahn Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.16

Type: quartetVoice: T tr cA MzLanguage: German

Roles: Tamino/Three boys
2Alcun non sia Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 1.15

Type: quintet,choirVoice: T T T B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pastore I/pastore-i/Pastore III/Pastore IV/Ninfa/Ninfe e pastori
3Ecco pur ch'a voi ritorno Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 2.01

Type: trioVoice: T T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo/Pastore I/pastore-i
4Sie macht auf Herr Popularity:

Opera: Entführung aus dem Serail, DieComposer: MozartAct: 3.04

Type: recitativeVoice: T T S SLanguage: German

Roles: Pedrillo/Belmonte/Konstanze/Blonde
5Ich stehe voll Zagen Popularity:

Opera: Fledermaus, DieComposer: Strauss jrAct: 3.07

Type: trioVoice: T T SLanguage: German

Roles: Gabriel/Alfred/Rosalinde
6Ihr Weib? Mein teures Weib! Popularity:

Opera: Wildschütz, DerComposer: LortzingAct: 2

Type: duetVoice: T TLanguage: German

Roles: Baron/Baron
7Geh nur verwünschter Aufpasser Popularity:

Opera: Entführung aus dem Serail, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.07

Type: recitativeVoice: T TLanguage: German

Roles: Pedrillo/Belmonte
8Nie werd ich deine Huld verkennen Popularity:

Opera: Entführung aus dem Serail, DieComposer: MozartAct: 3.10

Type: quintetVoice: T S T S BLanguage: German

Roles: Belmonte/Konstanze/Pedrillo/Blonde/Osmin
9Ach Belmonte! Ach mein Leben! Popularity:

Opera: Entführung aus dem Serail, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.18

Type: quartetVoice: T S T SLanguage: German

Roles: Belmonte/Konstanze/Pedrillo/Blonde
10Der welcher wandert diese Strasse voll Beschwerden Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.27

Type: spokenVoice: T S T BLanguage: German

Roles: Tamino/Pamina/Two armoured men
11Ebben..? che diavol fate Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.06

Type: trioVoice: T S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo/Violetta/Giuseppe
12Nur stille! stille! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.32

Type: quintetVoice: T S S S MzLanguage: German

Roles: Monostatos/Queen/Three ladies
13Zu hilfe zu hilfe! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.02

Type: quartetVoice: T S S MzLanguage: German

Roles: Tamino/Three ladies
14Annina donde vieni Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.02-2

Type: quartetVoice: T S S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo/Annina/Violetta/Giorgio
15Mein lieber Schatz nun aufgepasst! Popularity:

Opera: Verkaufte Braut, DieComposer: SmetanaAct: 3

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Jeník/Marenka
16Viene la sera Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.11

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pinkerton/Cio-Cio
17Alles liegt auf dem Ohr Popularity:

Opera: Entführung aus dem Serail, DieComposer: MozartAct: 3.02

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Pedrillo/Blonde
18Welch ein Geschick Popularity:

Opera: Entführung aus dem Serail, DieComposer: MozartAct: 3.07

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Belmonte/Konstanze
19Mit der Mutter sank zu Grabe Popularity:

Opera: Verkaufte Braut, DieComposer: SmetanaAct:

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Jeník/Marenka
20Lebe wohl mein flandrisch Madchen Popularity:

Opera: Zar und ZimmermannComposer: LortzingAct: 2

Type: aria,duet,choirVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Marquis/Marie
21Un soave non so che Popularity:

Opera: Cenerentola, LaComposer: RossiniAct: 1.08-2

Type: duetVoice: T cA/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ramiro/Angelina
22Selig sind die Verfolgung leiden Popularity:

Opera: Evangelimann, DerComposer: KienzlAct:

Type: duetVoice: T cALanguage: German

Roles:
23Freundin stille deine Tränen Popularity:

Opera: Zaide (Das Serail)Composer: MozartAct: 2.08

Type: quartetVoice: T B T SLanguage: German

Roles: Gomatz/Allazim/Sultan Soliman/Zaide
24Dies ist die Stunde Popularity:

Opera: Lustige Weiber von Windsor, DieComposer: NicolaiAct: 2.03-1

Type: sceneVoice: T B TLanguage: German

Roles: Spärlich/Dr. Cajus/Fenton
25Südwind Südwind! Popularity:

Opera: Fliegende Holländer, DerComposer: WagnerAct: 1.07

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

Roles: Steersman/Daland/Dutchman
26Eure Tochter! Popularity:

Opera: Lustige Weiber von Windsor, DieComposer: NicolaiAct: 1.02-2

Type: duetVoice: T BLanguage: German

Roles: Fenton/Herr Reich
27O welche Lust im freier Luft Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.15

Type: recitative,choirVoice: T BLanguage: German

Roles: Two prisoners
28So muss allein ich bleiben Popularity:

Opera: Fledermaus, DieComposer: Strauss jrAct: 1.14

Type: trio,recitativeVoice: T Br SLanguage: German

Roles: Gabriel/Falke/Rosalinde
29Eine schreckliche Nacht Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.04

Type: spokenVoice: T BrLanguage: German

Roles: Tamino/Papageno
30Mein Sohn sei Allah's Frieden hier Popularity:

Opera: Barbier von Bagdad, DerComposer: CorneliusAct: 1

Type: duetVoice: T BrLanguage: German

Roles: Nureddin/Abdul
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