The baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau was born on May 28, 1925 in Berlin as youngest of three sons of a doctorate philologist and a teacher. The family had musical tradition, an ancestor about was a Saxon Chamberlain von Dieskau, had written for Bach in 1742 his "Peasant Cantata". His childhood experienced Fischer-Dieskau in crisis-ridden Berlin of the Weimar Republic, the youth fell into the time of the tyranny of the Nazis. Nevertheless, the boy sharpened his ear for art and trained by the age of 16 at his voice initially by Georg A. Walter. In 1942 he moved to Hermann Weissenborn at the Berlin Academy of Music, but could not prevent that he was drafted and sent to the front. His first concert he gave therefore in an American prison camp in Italy. In 1947 he resumed his studies at Weissenborn again and from then on his artistic life could make less curvy.
Fischer-Dieskau sang first for the Berliner Rundfunk and took on this occasion for the first time Schubert's "Winterreise" on. In 1948 he was hired as first baritone at the Berlin Opera and debuted then as Posa in Verdi's "Don Carlos" on stage. The following year he also sang his first Wolfram in "Tannhäuser" at the Städtische Oper Berlin. Quick word got around that this is a new and amazing talent has appeared on the scene and so Fischer-Dieskau made other important performances possible. He was, for example, in 1951 at the Salzburg Festival with Mahler's "Songs of a Wayfarer" on the side of Wilhelm Furtwängler guest, traveled shortly thereafter for the first time in the United States and turned in at the Festival in Prades again with the "Winterreise" the audience. Soon after, he found a kind of accolade of high cultural recognition when he could pose with Furtwängler the Wolfram in "Tannhäuser" in Bayreuth 1954th In the same year he sang the title role in the famous "Falstaff" performance at the Vienna State Opera, directed by Luchino Visconti, 1957, he was added to the ensemble of the house.
So it went ahead progressively and speedily. 1956 Fischer-Dieskau presented at the Salzburg Festival as Almaviva in Mozart's "Marriage of Figaro" before. A year later he excelled same place with the solo part of the Brahms Requiem under Herbert von Karajan. In 1963 he presented the Danton Gottfried von Einem darund sang a famously Barak in "Die Frau ohne Schatten" by Richard Strauss at the re-opening event of the Bavarian State Opera. In 1964 he was with his first recital at Carnegie Hall in New York as a guest. In the following years belonged Fischer-Dieskau to the stars of the great concert halls of the world, with a preference occurred at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Vienna State Opera, the Bavarian State Opera at the London Covent Garden Opera and at big festivals. On 31 December 1992 he finally retired after 45 active years from the stage, but remained active as a conductor, reciter, author and educator.
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau was throughout his career a versatile musician. The opera was the one support his art. Simultaneously to his career on the Singspiel stages but he put his ability as a song performer demonstrated and developed into one of the most important personalities of this subject at all. Until the mid-eighties he recorded 3,000 songs of about 100 composers and substantially contributed to the art song retained its important place in the consciousness of the listener. 1973 again he began another career as a conductor when he '' Magelone "stepped in with great success for the ailing Otto Klemperer at a gramophone recording of Brahms.
In 1960 he began to paint on the side of, 1980, the first exhibition of Fischer-Dieskau was paintings, watercolors, drawings shown at the Kunstverein Bamberg. Among the numerous awards that got Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau awarded during his career, include four honorary doctorates (Oxford, Yale, Sorbonne, Heidelberg), the Federal Cross of Merit (1974), the Ernst-von-Siemens-Price (1980) , an honorary citizen of Berlin (2000), the Japanese "Praemium Imperiale" (2002) for his lifetime achievement and the Polar Music Prize (2005). He was appointed in MÜnchen and Berlin Kammersänger and also received numerous recording awards, including only six times Grammy, Presented.
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