Note: The information used to prepare this article was obtained from a variety of web sites. One of the most comprehensive and informative of these is Andreas Praefke’s, “Fritz Wunderlich: The Great German Tenor
And while I’m a great fan of opera (and of this tenor in particular), I’m certainly not an expert. So I hope our OL members with considerably more knowledge than I have will add their own assessments, insights, comments, etc., on Wunderlich to this thread.
His cheerful, ebullient personality stood in sharp contrast to a brief life bookended by tragedy: Fritz Wunderlich, voted in a 2008 survey by BBC Magazine
as the fourth greatest tenor of all time. Although he is particularly remembered as an outstanding Mozartean stylist, Wunderlich had a wide-ranging repertoire that encompassed lyric tenor roles in operas extending from the Baroque era to the 20th century and by composers from Italy, France, and the Slavic countries as well as Austria and his native Germany. His musical career also included operetta, Lied, oratorio and other sacred compositions, as well as what today might be considered “crossover” pieces – folksongs such as “Santa Lucia
,” and “Ännchen von Tharau