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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
31Bimba dagli occhi pieni di malia Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.12-2

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cio-Cio/Pinkerton
32Wolgalied Popularity:

Opera: Zarewitsch, DerComposer: LéharAct:

Type: Voice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles:
33Svegliatevi nel core Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 1.06

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Sesto
34Hier soll ich dich denn sehen Popularity:

Opera: Entführung aus dem Serail, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.02

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Belmonte
35Un soave non so che Popularity:

Opera: Cenerentola, LaComposer: RossiniAct: 1.08-2

Type: duetVoice: T cA/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ramiro/Angelina
36Fuggi crudele fuggi Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.04-3

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna/Ottavio
37Giunto sul passo estremo Popularity:

Opera: MefistofeleComposer: BoitoAct: 4

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Faust
38Dai campi dai prati Popularity:

Opera: MefistofeleComposer: BoitoAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Faust
39Jungling! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.08-1

Type: spokenVoice: Br TLanguage: German

Roles: Papageno/Monostatos
40Zu hilfe zu hilfe! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.02

Type: quartetVoice: T S S MzLanguage: German

Roles: Tamino/Three ladies
41Viene la sera Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.11

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pinkerton/Cio-Cio
42O Madchen mein Madchen Popularity:

Opera: FriederikeComposer: LéharAct:

Type: Voice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles:
43Sta nell ircana pietrosa tana Popularity:

Opera: AlcinaComposer: HandelAct: 3.09

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ruggiero
44Vater,Mutter,Schwestern,Bruder Popularity:

Opera: UndineComposer: LortzingAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Veit
45Wie wie wie? Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.07

Type: quintetVoice: Br T S S MzLanguage: German

Roles: Papageno/Tamino/Three ladies
46So muss allein ich bleiben Popularity:

Opera: Fledermaus, DieComposer: Strauss jrAct: 1.14

Type: trio,recitativeVoice: T Br SLanguage: German

Roles: Gabriel/Falke/Rosalinde
47Immer nur lächeln Popularity:

Opera: Land des LächelnsComposer: LéharAct: 1.02-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Sou-Chong
48Schnelle Füsse rascher Mut Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.19-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br TLanguage: German

Roles: Pamina/Papageno/Monostatos
49Du feines Taubchen nur herein Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.13

Type: trioVoice: S T BrLanguage: German

Roles: Pamina/Monostatos/Papageno
50Kuda kuda vi udalilis Popularity:

Opera: Eugene OneginComposer: TchaikovskyAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Russian

Roles:
51Selig sind die Verfolgung leiden Popularity:

Opera: Evangelimann, DerComposer: KienzlAct:

Type: duetVoice: T cALanguage: German

Roles:
52In un fiorito prato Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 2.07

Type: trioVoice: S T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: La messaggera/Pastore I/pastore-i
53Sag ja mein Lieb sag ja Popularity:

Opera: Gräfin MarizaComposer: KalmanAct: 2.06

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: German

Roles: Mariza/Tassilo
54Lebe wohl mein flandrisch Madchen Popularity:

Opera: Zar und ZimmermannComposer: LortzingAct: 2

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

Roles: Marquis/Marie
55Niemand liebt dich so wie ich Popularity:

Opera: PaganiniComposer: LéharAct:

Type: Voice: Language: German

Roles:
56Ja das alles auf Ehr Popularity:

Opera: Zigeunerbaron, DerComposer: Strauss jrAct: 1.03

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles:
57Mag der Himmel euch vergeben Popularity:

Opera: MarthaComposer: FlotowAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Lyonel
58Elvino..Elvino.. Popularity:

Opera: Sonnambula, LaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.18-2

Type: trioVoice: S S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amina/Lisa/Rodolfo
59Trinke Liebchen trinke schnell Popularity:

Opera: Fledermaus, DieComposer: Strauss jrAct: 1.17

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Alfred
60Alfredo voi Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.17

Type: ensembleVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta/Alfredo
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