OP0180. LA FINTA GIARDINIERA - Excerpts (in German) (Mozart), Live Performance, 1 July, 1956, Barocktheater des Schlosses, w.Dünnwald Cond. Stuttgart Staatsoper Ensemble; Fritz Wunderlich, Trude Eipperle, Alfred Pfeifle, Olga Moll, etc.; Entführung – Excerpts, Live Performance, 27 Aug., 1957, King’s Theater, Edinburgh, w.von Matacic Cond. Stuttgart Staatsoper Ensemble; Wunderlich, Lipp, Linke, Unger & Cramer. (Croatia) 2-Myto 004.227. Long out-of-print, final copies! - 608974502270
“Fritz Wunderlich was discovered for the opera stage at a student production of ZAUBERFLÖTE. At the age of 25 he was engaged at the Württemberg Staatstheater in Stuttgart, one of the most renowned opera houses in Germany at the time. Erich Schäfer was its General Manager, Ferdinand Leitner its conductor, and Wieland Wagner and Günther Rennert created very interesting productions. Wunderlich never broke off relations with Stuttgart completely, not even when he was engaged by the Munich Opera in 1958. Here he was influenced by Rudolf Hartmann, Günther Rennert and Josef Keilberth. In 1959 he made his début at the Salzburg Festival (Henry Morosus in Strauss’ DIE SCHWEIGSAME FRAU). He soon became the leading lyrical tenor and he was particularly admired in the Mozart repertoire. He also sang Alfredo, Lenski, Palestrina, and the Steersman in DER FLIEGENDE HÖLLANDER. He loved to sing Egk, Liebermann and Orff and was an eminent operetta singer. He sang operettas on stage only at the outset of his career in Freiburg and Stuttgart. He regularly appeared in oratorios and has been unsurpassed as Evangelist. With his fatherly friend Hubert Giesen he worked on Lieder and he soon was very much in demand as a recitalist. His career was one of the most successful after World War II. He died tragically of an accident, a few days before his 36th birthday. It is pointless to speculate what direction he would have taken if he had been granted a longer career. With the natural power of his voice he would have been able to move into heroic regions.”
- Andrea Shum-Binder, subito-cantabile
“Fritz Wunderlich spent five years in Stuttgart before he became a world figure.....The voice is young and fresh. There has hardly ever been a more beautiful tenor voice, and his career lasted only ten years because he died young.”
- Donald R. Vroon, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, July/Aug., 2004
“Trude Eipperle was a German operatic soprano who studied at the Musikhochschule in her native Stuttgart, and made her stage début in Wiesbaden, in 1930. She sang in Nuremberg (1930-34), Brunswick (1934-37), Munich (1938-44), Cologne (1945-51), and Stuttgart from 1951 onwards. She also appeared at the Salzburg Festival in 1942. She made guest appearances in Vienna, Milan, Barcelona, Lisbon, Brussels, Monte Carlo, Paris and London.
Her repertory included Countess Almaviva, Pamina, Agathe, Elisabeth, Elsa, Eva, the Marschallin, Arabella, Empress/Kaiserin (DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN) but was also admired as Desdemona in Verdi's OTELLO, Mimi in LA BOHEME, and as Cio-Cio-San in MADAMA BUTTERFLY.”
-Zillah Dorset Akron