In words of Elisabeth Schwarzkopf ……..
“A born god who has it all”
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Birthday and also fifth Death Anniversary.
5 Years ago, on May 18 of 2012, the world of Opera and classical music lost one of the most beautiful and most incomparable voices ever and one of the most important performers of Lieder and also a conductor and also writer… Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.
Thanks to the beauty of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, I discovered the beauty of Schubert’s Lieder and I highly recommend his many wonderful recordings that he did with Gerald Moore very much!
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau performed Opera, Oratorio and of course, Lieder and he has performed in many languages, German, English, French, Italian, Russian, Hungarian (he was married to Julia Varady) and Hebrew plus besides of singing and conducting, he also wrote books “Robert Schumann: Words and Music”, “Wagner and Nietzsche”, “Schubert’s songs”, “Gustav Mahler”, “Johannes Brahms: Leben und Lieder, “Joseph Haydn”, “Goethe als Intendant”, just to name a few.
Besides of his famous Lieder recordings which are a treasure of music, (my personal favorite is “Die schöne Müllerin”) Fischer–Dieskau also made wonderful perfomances in different repertoire like Rigoletto, as Rodrigo in Don Carlo, as Germont in La Traviata, as Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, as the four villains in “Les Contes d’Hoffmann”, as Don Alfonso in Cosi fan Tutte, his wonderful Papageno in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte… just to name a few.
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau sang Schubert, Schumann, Beethoven, Verdi, Mozart, Bach, Brahms, Britten, Bartok, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Offenbach, Wagner so many composers and he was very versatile. He was one of my personal favorite voices, beautiful and soft…. in some ways… his voice reminds me a bit… to Peter Mattei’s.
It is not a surprise that Fischer–Dieskau‘s voice is one of my favorites, because of my love for Baritones, Bass/Baritones and also Bass singers.
Fischer–Dieskau, was also a conductor. Incredibly, if I am correct, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau never, ever performed at the Met.
Today, May 28, we remember Diestrich Fischer-Dieskau on his Birthday Anniversary.