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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
61Von Apfelbluten einen Kranz Popularity:

Opera: Land des LächelnsComposer: LéharAct: 1.06

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Sou-Chong
62Il etait une fois a la cour d'Eisenach Popularity:

Opera: Contes d'Hoffmann, LesComposer: OffenbachAct: 0

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Hoffmann
63Man wird ja einmal nur geboren Popularity:

Opera: Waffenschmied, DerComposer: LortzingAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles:
64Ach 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
65Vivat Bacchus! Bacchus lebe! Popularity:

Opera: Entführung aus dem Serail, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.15

Type: duetVoice: B TLanguage: German

Roles: Osmin/Pedrillo
66Wenn der Freude Tranen fliessen Popularity:

Opera: Entführung aus dem Serail, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.17

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Belmonte
67O wie ängstlich o wie feurig Popularity:

Opera: Entführung aus dem Serail, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.09

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Belmonte
68Zum Ziele führt dich diese Bahn Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.16

Type: quartetVoice: T tr cA MzLanguage: German

Roles: Tamino/Three boys
69Dieser Anstand so manierlich Popularity:

Opera: Fledermaus, DieComposer: Strauss jrAct: 2.08

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: German

Roles: Rosalinde/Gabriel
70Dir töne Lob Popularity:

Opera: TannhäuserComposer: WagnerAct: 1.02

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Tannhäuser
71Annina donde vieni Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.02-2

Type: quartetVoice: T S S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo/Annina/Violetta/Giorgio
72Ebben..? che diavol fate Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.06

Type: trioVoice: T S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo/Violetta/Giuseppe
73Adieu Mignon Popularity:

Opera: MignonComposer: ThomasAct: 2.01

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Wilhelm
74Zwei Marchenaugen Popularity:

Opera: Zirkusprinzessin, DieComposer: KalmanAct:

Type: Voice: Language: German

Roles:
75Jeden heiligen Morgen Popularity:

Opera: DaphneComposer: StraussAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Apollo
76Tausend kleine Engel singen Popularity:

Opera: CsardasfürstinComposer: KalmanAct: 2.07-2

Type: duetVoice: S T/BrLanguage: German

Roles: Sylva/Edwin
77Welch ein Geschick Popularity:

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

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Belmonte/Konstanze
78Nie 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
79Komm Zigany Popularity:

Opera: Gräfin MarizaComposer: KalmanAct: 1.12

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Tassilo
80Die Weisheitslehre dieser Knaben Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.17

Type: aria,recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Tamino
81Ja das Schreiben und das Lesen Popularity:

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

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Zsupán
82Einmal mocht ich wieder tanzen Popularity:

Opera: Gräfin MarizaComposer: KalmanAct: 2.02

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: German

Roles: Mariza/Tassilo
83Horch die Lerche singt im Hain Popularity:

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

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Fenton
84Marsch marsch trollt euch fort Popularity:

Opera: Entführung aus dem Serail, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.15

Type: trioVoice: B T TLanguage: German

Roles: Osmin/Belmonte/Pedrillo
85Soll ich dich Teurer nicht mehr sehn? Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.21

Type: trioVoice: B T SLanguage: German

Roles: Sarastro/Tamino/Pamina
86Ich stehe voll Zagen Popularity:

Opera: Fledermaus, DieComposer: Strauss jrAct: 3.07

Type: trioVoice: T T SLanguage: German

Roles: Gabriel/Alfred/Rosalinde
87Un momento di contento Popularity:

Opera: AlcinaComposer: HandelAct: 3.05-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Oronte
88Frisch zum Kampfe Popularity:

Opera: Entführung aus dem Serail, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.13

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Pedrillo
89Der 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
90Es muss gelingen Popularity:

Opera: Verkaufte Braut, DieComposer: SmetanaAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Jeník
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