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Wolfgang Windgassen

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Voice: Tenor
Nationality: German
Year of Birth: 1914
Year of Death: 1974

About Wolfgang Windgassen:

Wolfgang Windgassen (26 June 1914 – 8 September 1974) was a heldentenor internationally known for his performances in Wagner operas.

Born in Annemasse, France, he was the son (and pupil) of a well known German Heldentenor, Fritz Windgassen (who was also the teacher of Gottlob Frick). His mother was the German coloratura soprano Vali von der Osten, sister of the much more famous soprano Eva von der Osten, who created the part of Octavian in Richard Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier. Both Windgassen's parents were longtime mainstays of the Staatsoper Stuttgart.

Wolfgang made his début at Pforzheim as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly. After army service he became a member of the Stuttgart opera company, and succeeded his father as principal tenor. Stuttgart opera remained his home base throughout his career, and for the last two years of his life he was its artistic director.

Windgassen sang at all the important opera houses all over the world. He was invited to perform at the reopening of the Bayreuth Festival in 1951 and continued to appear there till 1970, singing all the great Wagner tenor roles: Erik, Tannhäuser, Lohengrin, Tristan, Walter, Loge, Siegmund, both Siegfrieds and Parsifal, his debut role in 1951.

His voice was not as heroic as pre-war Heldentenors such as Lauritz Melchior or his immediate predecessor Max Lorenz, but he used it with such skill and musicianship that he is generally regarded as the most accomplished Wagner tenor of the second half of the twentieth century.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
31Raste nun hier Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2.11

Type: recitative,duetVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Siegmund/Sieglinde
32Dünkt dich das Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 3.04

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Tristan
33Isolde! Tristan! Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 2.03

Type: Voice: Language: German

Roles:
34Wenn ich im Kampfe fur dich siege Popularity:

Opera: LohengrinComposer: WagnerAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Lohengrin
35O diese Sonne Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 3.12

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Tristan
36Lausch Geliebter Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 2.07

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Tristan/Isolde
37Willst jenes Tags du nicht dich mehr entsinnen Popularity:

Opera: Fliegende Holländer, DerComposer: WagnerAct: 3.07

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Erik
38Ach Vater eilt Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.17

Type: recitativeVoice: S B T SLanguage: German

Roles: Marzelline/Rocco/Jaquino/Leonore
39Bleib Senta bleib Popularity:

Opera: Fliegende Holländer, DerComposer: WagnerAct: 2.05-1

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Erik/Senta
40Brunnhilde heilige Braut Popularity:

Opera: GötterdammerungComposer: WagnerAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Siegfried
41Friedmund darf ich nicht heissen Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 1.04-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Siegmund
42He holla Steuermann Popularity:

Opera: Fliegende Holländer, DerComposer: WagnerAct: 1.05

Type: recitativeVoice: B TLanguage: German

Roles: Daland/Steersman
43Südwind Südwind! Popularity:

Opera: Fliegende Holländer, DerComposer: WagnerAct: 1.07

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

Roles: Steersman/Daland/Dutchman
44Dich selige Frau Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 1.07

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Siegmund
45So rief der Lenz in den Wald Popularity:

Opera: Meistersinger von Nürnberg, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 1.02

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Walther
46Fanget an! so rief der Lenz in den Wald Popularity:

Opera: Meistersinger von Nürnberg, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Walther
47Er sterbe doch er soll erst wissen Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 2.06

Type: recitative,quartetVoice: B-Br T S BLanguage: German

Roles: Pizarro/Florestan/Leonore/Rocco
48Euch werde Lohn in bessern Welten Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 2.05

Type: trioVoice: B T SLanguage: German

Roles: Rocco/Florestan/Leonore
49Mime hiess ein mürrischer Zwerg Popularity:

Opera: GötterdammerungComposer: WagnerAct: 3.02

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Siegfried
50O ew'ge Nacht süsse Nacht Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 2.12

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Tristan/Isolde
51Verloren ach verloren ewig Popularity:

Opera: Fliegende Holländer, DerComposer: WagnerAct: 3.08

Type: recitativeVoice: B-Br T SLanguage: German

Roles: Dutchman/Erik/Senta
52Kein Zweifel sieben Meilen fort Popularity:

Opera: Fliegende Holländer, DerComposer: WagnerAct: 1.02

Type: recitativeVoice: B TLanguage: German

Roles: Daland/Steersman
53Zauberfest bezahmt ein Schlaf Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2.13

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Siegmund
54Wie sie selig hehr und milde Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 3.13

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Tristan
55Hoho Schmiede mein Hammer Popularity:

Opera: SiegfriedComposer: WagnerAct:

Type: Voice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles:
56Heiss ward mir Popularity:

Opera: SiegfriedComposer: WagnerAct:

Type: Voice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles:
57Fühlst du den Schmerz Popularity:

Opera: Fliegende Holländer, DerComposer: WagnerAct: 2.05-2

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: German

Roles: Senta/Erik
58Tristan Isolde treuloser Holder Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 1.21

Type: recitativeVoice: T S SLanguage: German

Roles: Tristan/Isolde/Brangäne
59Kehrte der Vater nun heim Popularity:

Opera: Walküre, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2.14

Type: recitativeVoice: S B T S B-BrLanguage: German

Roles: Sieglinde/Hunding/Siegmund/Brünnhilde/Wotan
60Heil heil König Marke Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 1.23

Type: recitativeVoice: Br S TLanguage: German

Roles: Kurwenal/Isolde/Tristan
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