As he started his career, Fritz Wunderlich became noted as a brilliant young tenor, making a mark in Mozartian roles, but soon expanding his reach to the full range of the lyric tenor repertoire. His crystal-clear voice and intelligent, restrained interpretation also led him to impressive renditions of the Lieder cycles of Schubert and Schumann; of special note are his collaborations with pianist Hubert Giesen.
As it was the fashion during Wunderlich’s career for German theaters to perform operas in the vernacular of the people (rather than original language), most of his recordings of the standard operatic repertoire are in German, including Verdi’s Rigoletto and Don Carlo.
Wunderlich’s promising career was cut short by an accident: he fell from a stairway in a friend’s country house in Oberderdingen near Maulbronn, and died in the University Clinic of Heidelberg just days before his 36th birthday. He is buried in Munich’s Waldfriedhof cemetery.
Edited by minkaotic on 28 Mar 2010, 12:52
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