Personalities | Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau | Modern Era | Opera
In great demand as an opera singer and recitalist, Fischer-Dieskau was the most recorded baritone of the twentieth century. His opera work is remembered for roles such as Berg’s Wozzeck, Busoni’s Faust and Reimann’s Lear, for which he gave the first performance. He was not well suited to the Romantic Italian repertoire, but had a great affinity for the works of Mozart, Wagner and Strauss. Everything Fischer-Dieskau sang was profoundly connected to the text, and a driving intelligence can be heard behind his recordings. For this reason, his renditions of Schubert’s Lieder were particularly popular. After retiring from singing in 1993, he continued to conduct, write, paint and teach to his own high standards until his death in 2012.
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