Erwin Wohlfahrt

13 January 1931 Nürnberg – 28 November 1968 Hamburg

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Erwin Wohlfahrt singsIl tabarro: Lieber Lenz, hör auf zu schauen, with Marcel Cordes and Helga Pilarczyk

Wohlfahrt was a hairdresser when he started to study voice at the Nürnberg academy of music with, among others, Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender. He made his debut in 1955 in Aachen (as Adam in Vogelhändler). In 1957, he went to the Komische Oper Berlin, in 1959 to Cologne, in 1961 to Hamburg. Now he became well-known; he sang mostly comprimario roles, but important ones: in Bayreuth, he was David in 1963 and 1964, Mime from 1965 to 1967, and the Shepherd in Tristan in 1963, 1964 and 1966. At the Salzburg Festival, he was Pedrillo as well as Polidoro in La finta giardiniera (1960/61). But he also impressed his audience in the title role of Albert Herring. Further guest appearances: La Scala, Rome, Vienna, Paris and Moscow. He was much praised not only for his singing, but equally for his acting abilities.

He was preparing for his Met debut when he died from a severe infection with a virus that the doctors were unable to identify.

Reference 1: Kutsch & Riemens, reference 2

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