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Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Fritz Windgassen (Tenor) (Hamburg, Germania 1883 - Murna, Germania 1963)
First he became a sailor, then since 1907 he studied singing at the conservatoire of Hamburg under Vilmar. He made his debut in 1909 at the Municipal Theatre of Harburgas Manrico in ‘’Trovatore’’. Other engagements: In the 1910-11 season he appeared at the Municipal Theatre of Bremen, in the 1911-12 season at the Municipal Theatre of Hamburg, from 1912-23 he performed at the Court Theatre of Kassel, where he sang in 1916 in the premiere of the opera "Veeda"of Georg Vollerthun. From 1923 to 1945 he appeared at the Stuttgart State Opera (beginning part: Walther von Stolzing in ‘’Meistersingers’’), where he appeared with great success. In 1941 he made guest appearance at the Opera House of Frankfurt a. M. as Siegfried in the Wagner's opera of the same name. During of his career he sang in several opera premieres: In Hamburg he performed in "Die Brautwahl" ofF. Busoni (13. 4. 1912), in Stuttgart in "Der Gondoliere des Dogen" of N. Reznicek (1931) and in "Michael Kohlhaas"of Paul von Klenau (1933). There he also sang in 1928 in the German première of A. Boito’s opera ‘’Nerone’’. He was a highly respected concert singer. In 1949 he gave in Stuttgart his last concert. After his retirement he became a professor of the Stuttgart College of Music. He was married to soprano Vally van Osten (1882-1923), his son Wolfgang Windgassen became a famous heroic tenor.
Chronology of some appearances 1909 Harburg Municipal Theatre 1910-1911 Bremen Municipal Theatre 1911-1912 Hamburg Municipal Theatre 1912-1923 Kassel Court Theatre 1923-1945 Stuttgart State Opera RECORDINGS FOR SALE