Bayreuth’s Klingsor dies suddenly, at 60

Bayreuth’s Klingsor dies suddenly, at 60


norman lebrecht

January 17, 2017

The German bass-baritone Gerd Grochowski died yesterday in Mainz of a heart attack at the age of 60.

He sang Klingsor in last summer’s Parsifal at Bayreuth.

After 15 years at Bonn Opera, Gerd Grochowski enjoyed an international Wagner career, singing Kurnewal at the Met and Kurwenal and Gunther at La Scala. He sang Teleramund at Covent Garden.

Patrice Chereau chose him for the celebrated Vienna Festival production of From the House of the Dead.

Our sympathies to Gerd’s family.

UPDATE: He died the day after singing Wotan.


  • Ungeheuer says:

    I see the new year thus far is not going much better than last. RIP.