Gerhard Unger

29 November 1916 Bad Salzungen – 4 July 2011 Stuttgart

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Gerhard Unger singsDie Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Am Jordan Sankt Johannes stand

Gerhard Unger singsCarmina burana: Olim lacus colueram
World War II delayed his debut until 1945; he began as a concert and oratorio singer. In 1947, he made his stage debut in Weimar, where he was to sing main roles for the next five years: Alfredo, Tamino, Pinkerton, but also David. In 1952, he went to the Berlin Staatsoper, where he developed into a much appreciated comprimario tenor. His most famous roles were Pedrillo and David.

From 1961 to 1987, he sang in Stuttgart, from 1962 to 1973 also in Hamburg. Many guest appearances: Bayreuth (David, 1951 and 1952), Salzburg Festival (Pedrillo, 1962–75, plus a lot of other roles and concerts, he was also a famous Bach interpreter for instance), La Scala, Paris Opéra, Théâtre de la Monnaie, Teatro Colón, Marseille, Dresden, Vienna, Torino, Dallas.

Reference: Kutsch & Riemens
Source for the Meistersinger recording: SLUB Dresden

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