born 5 January 1948 Neu-Isenburg
After extended vocal studies in Frankfurt, Schunk had a few contracts as a resident singer in
Karlsruhe (1973–75), Bonn (1975–77) and Dortmund (1977–79). In 1977, he was engaged at the Bayreuth Festival
for small parts, but replaced sick Peter Hofmann as Siegmund, and was a success
– he became a Bayreuth mainstay through 1986. And so he embarked on an international career: Hamburg, München,
Köln, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Vienna (Staatsoper), Marseille, Paris (Opéra), Milano (La Scala), Rome, Naples,
Palermo, Catania, Zürich, Chicago, New York (Metropolitan Opera), London (Covent Garden), Barcelona, Frankfurt, Florence,
Bregenz Festival, Berlin (Deutsche Oper) and Monte Carlo.
He retired in 2001 and taught voice in Aachen until 2013.
Reference 1: Kutsch & Riemens, reference 2