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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
121Hei Mariza Popularity:

Opera: Gräfin MarizaComposer: KalmanAct: 3.04

Type: recitative,duet,choir,finaleVoice: S TLanguage: German

Roles: Mariza/Tassilo
122Mein lieber Schatz nun aufgepasst! Popularity:

Opera: Verkaufte Braut, DieComposer: SmetanaAct: 3

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Jeník/Marenka
123O schöne Kinderzeit Popularity:

Opera: Gräfin MarizaComposer: KalmanAct: 1.07

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: German

Roles: Lisa/Tassilo
124Freundin 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
125Zum Werk das wir beginnen Popularity:

Opera: Zar und ZimmermannComposer: LortzingAct: 2

Type: Voice: B B B T TLanguage: German

Roles: General/Bett/Syndham/Ivanov/Marquis
126Prendi e vivi Ruggiero Popularity:

Opera: AlcinaComposer: HandelAct: 3.19

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ruggiero/Oronte
127Alles liegt auf dem Ohr Popularity:

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

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Pedrillo/Blonde
128So find ich dich Feinsliebchen Popularity:

Opera: Verkaufte Braut, DieComposer: SmetanaAct:

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: German

Roles: Marenka/Vasek
129Geh nur verwünschter Aufpasser Popularity:

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

Type: recitativeVoice: T TLanguage: German

Roles: Pedrillo/Belmonte
130Oh oh Andres! Andres! Ich kann nicht schlafen Popularity:

Opera: WozzeckComposer: BergAct: 2.05-1

Type: trioVoice: Br T TLanguage: German

Roles: Wozzeck/Andres/Drum Major
131Sie 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
132Eviva Caramello willkommen alte Freunde Popularity:

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

Type: aria,choirVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Caramello
133Ecco il gentil cantore Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 4.06

Type: duetVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Spirito I/Orfeo
134Hier mein lieber Schatz Popularity:

Opera: Verkaufte Braut, DieComposer: SmetanaAct:

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: German

Roles: Marenka/Vasek
135Torn'a l'ombra -Dove ten vai Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 4.11

Type: duetVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Spirito I/Orfeo
136Auf des Lebens raschen Wogen Popularity:

Opera: Wildschütz, DerComposer: LortzingAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Baron
137Ahi caso acerbo-2 Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 2.09

Type: choirVoice: S cA T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ninfe e pastori
138Eure Tochter! Popularity:

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

Type: duetVoice: T BLanguage: German

Roles: Fenton/Herr Reich
139Mein Sohn sei Allah's Frieden hier Popularity:

Opera: Barbier von Bagdad, DerComposer: CorneliusAct: 1

Type: duetVoice: T BrLanguage: German

Roles: Nureddin/Abdul
140So geht indes hinein Popularity:

Opera: Lustige Weiber von Windsor, DieComposer: NicolaiAct: 1.02-1

Type: recitativeVoice: B T BLanguage: German

Roles: Herr Reich/Spärlich/Dr. Cajus
141E un folle e un vile affetto Popularity:

Opera: AlcinaComposer: HandelAct: 2.17

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Oronte
142O welche Lust im freier Luft Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.15

Type: recitative,choirVoice: T BLanguage: German

Roles: Two prisoners
143Aber wie soll ich in Palast kommen Popularity:

Opera: Entführung aus dem Serail, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.03

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Belmonte
144Ahi caso acerbo-1 Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 2.06

Type: quartetVoice: S T T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: La messaggera/Pastore I/Pastore III/Orfeo
145Dies 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
146Ach so from ach so traut Popularity:

Opera: MarthaComposer: FlotowAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Lyonel
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