Fifty years since Fritz Wunderlich

Fifty years since Fritz Wunderlich


norman lebrecht

December 25, 2016

The German lyric tenor died in a domestic accident on 17 September 1966, at the age of 35.

This is what we lost.


  • Christian Elsner says:

    For me the best tenor ever and my all time hero!!!!

  • Peter Phillips says:

    Sadly, I never heard him “live” but he is sublime in the HvK recordings of Die Schöpfung and the Missa Solemnis.

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  • David Taylor says:

    The greatest lyric tenor. He died one week before his Met debut.

  • Mike Schachter says:

    Listening to him makes almost every other tenor sound ordinary

    • norman lebrecht says:

      Except Bjorling…

      • Brian Hughes says:

        On this we agree, Norman. As much as I love Wunderlich–and I have for decades–I always find myself returning to Bjorling. W was a wondrous example of lyric beauty and sublimity while B–to me, anyway–a force of nature.