Walter Fink

Walter Fink singsDer fliegende Holländer: He! Holla! Seemann!, with Wicus Slabbert and Donald George
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Walter Fink, born 30 March 1949 in Bregenz, studied classical philology and voice in Vienna. He started in 1977 in the operatic studio of the Vienna Staatsoper, in tiny roles obviously; a member of the Bremen theater from 1982 (debut role: Ochs), he returned to the Vienna Staatsoper in 1991 for the remainder of his career (until 2014). Now he sang a mix of main and secondary parts, most prominently Sarastro, Osmin, both Fafners, Daland, Hunding, Titurel, Ochs, Brogni, Frè Laurent, Don Basilio.

Particularly in the German repertory, I liked Fink very, very much; his Rocco or his Ochs were great. What always strikes me is the uncanny resemblance of his voice to Georg Hann's, not because he imitates Hann, but because the timbres are really so similar.

His baritone partner in the above recording, Wicus Slabbert, is another example for an unjustly overlooked singer who had deserved far larger fame than he achieved.

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