Personalities | Fritz Wunderlich | Modern Era | Opera

1930–66, German

Wunderlich was the ideal tenor. His powerful yet lyric timbre was effortless, and indicated that it would have grown considerably beyond his existing repertoire. Furthermore, he had remarkable breath support that he attributed to his French horn studies, and which he used to great effect in Mozartian arias. Wunderlich’s appearances in Germany and Austria received rave reviews; he also undertook a highly successful US concert tour in 1964, and sang at Covent Garden and Edinburgh in 1965. However, just three weeks before he was scheduled to debut at the Met, he died after falling down a flight of steps at a friend’s castle.

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