V1681. GÖSTA WINBERGH, w.Friedrich Haider (Pf.): Heimliche Aufforderung – Songs by Richard Strauss. (Austria) Nightingale 070760. - 9004686707605
“Gösta Winbergh (30 December, 1943 – 18 March, 2002) was a Swedish tenor and Mozart admirer, born in Stockholm. He is often mentioned as among Sweden's and, indeed, the world's finest tenors, included with Jussi Björling and Nicolai Gedda. He began singing at the Royal Opera in Stockholm, and gradually began to receive international attention in the 1980s when he guest performed on stages abroad. Copenhagen, Aix-en-Provence, San Francisco and, in 1980, Glyndebourne, where he sang Belmonte, scoring a great success for his honeyed voice and elegant singing. He later worked several times at the opera house in Zürich and at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. His leading performances in DON GIOVANNI, LOHENGRIN, RIGOLETTO and TURANDOT were particularly well received and celebrated. For the first two-thirds of his 30-year career, Gosta Winbergh was greatly admired as a singer of Mozart's operas. His Don Ottavio in DON GIOVANNI was applauded at the Metropolitan, New York, at the Salzburg Festival, in Houston and Chicago, Berlin and Barcelona. He sang Ferrando in COSI FAN TUTTE at the Drottninghom Court Theatre and Tamino in THE MAGIC FLUTE for his début at La Scala, Milan. Other Mozart rôles in his repertory were Idomeneo, Mitridate and Titus. Then in 1991 at Zürich he sang his first Lohengrin, and a whole new career opened out before him, with further exploration of Wagner, the Emperor in DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN, Don Jose in CARMEN and Florestan in FIDELIO. In 1982 Winbergh made his Chicago début as Ferrando, and his Covent Garden début in the title role of LA CLEMENZA DI TITO, which was also much admired. The following year he sang the title rôle of MITRIDATE, RE DI PONTO at the Schwetzingen Festival, and made his Metropolitan début as Don Ottavio. In 1984 he sang Tamino in Salzburg and Ferrando at Drottningholm, as well as Admetus in Gluck's ALCESTE in Geneva. He made his début at La Scala in 1985 as well, singing Tamino, and returned there in 1990 for the title rôle of IDOMENEO, repeating the rôle at Madrid the following year. The year 1991 also found the tenor singing Jenik in THE BARTERED BRIDE in Bonn and returning to La Scala as Pylades in Gluck's IPHIGÉNIE EN TAURIDE. However, the most important event for Winbergh that year was his first Lohengrin, in Zürich. Wisely not attempting a special Wagnerian style, he sang the rôle as if it were by Mozart, and the result was unbelievably beautiful. He repeated Lohengrin in Houston and Barcelona in 1992, and in May 1993 in Berlin he sang another new Wagner rôle, Walther in DIE MEISTERSINGER, which he brought to Covent Garden in October. Huon in Weber's OBERON provided a new rôle in Zürich in 1998, when he also sang Parsifal in Berlin. In 1999 he appeared as Lohengrin in St Petersburg as a guest with the Kirov Opera, sang Walther in Chicago and returned to Stockholm for Don Jose in CARMEN. His last new rôle was Florestan in FIDELIO, which he sang at the Vienna State Opera the night before he died. Winbergh suffered a heart-attack and died in Vienna in 2002, where he was performing at the time. To honour his memory and opera work The Gösta Winbergh Award (GWA) was instituted in Sweden after his death: the award is each year handed out to young aspiring tenors through an arranged singing contest that takes place at the opera stage Confidencen, at the Ulriksdal Royal Estate (a few miles outside Stockholm).
-Zillah Dorset Akron”