Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Endrik Wottrich (13 October 1964 – 26 April 2017)

12:49, 27th April 2017

German tenor Endrik Wottrich has died suddenly aged 52.

His signature roles included Siegmund in Die Walküre, Siegfried, Erik in Der fliegende Holländer, Stolzing in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Lohengrin, Parsifal, Tannhäuser and Don Carlos.

Born in Celle, Wottrich studied singing with Ingeborg Hallstein in Würzburg, continuing his training with Daniel Ferro at the Juilliard School.

He made his stage debut as Cassio in the Staatstheater Wiesbaden’s Otello in September 1992, and performed regularly at the Berlin Staatsoper Unter den Linden between 1993 and 1999.

In 1996 he made his debut with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under Nikolaus Harnoncourt – with whom he would work regularly – at Carnegie Hall and gave his first performance at the Bayreuther Festspiele, appearing as a young sailor in Tristan und Isolde .

In 1997 he appeared in the title role of Alfonso and Estrella under Harnoncourt at the Wiener Festwochen and in 1999/2000 sang in Dialogues des carmélites and Fidelio at La Scala under Riccardo Muti.

A career-defining moment was his performance of the title role in Opernhaus Bonn’s Don Carlo in 2000/2001. He performed in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the 2001 Bayreuth Festival under Christian Thielemann, returning in 2003 to make his debut as Erik in Der fliegende Holländer.

In 2004 he sang Siegmund in Die Walküre at the Semperoper in Dresden and the title role in Parsifal in Bayreuth. In 2005 he sang the lead role in Tannhäuser at La Scala, and in 2007 made his debut as Florestan in Fidelio at Covent Garden.

He sang Max in the Teldec recording of Der Freischütz with the Berliner Philharmoniker under Harnoncourt, which was nominated for the 39th Annual Grammy Awards.

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