Burkhard Fritz


The German tenor is especially renowned for heroic Wagner roles. The past several seasons have included triumphs as Tannhäuser (Oper Leipzig, Berlin State Opera, Vlaamse Opera); Lohengrin (Vienna State Opera, Royal Danish Opera, Deutsche Oper am Rhein); Parsifal (Bayreuth Festival, Beijing Music Festival); Siegmund/Die Walküre (Oper Leipzig); and Erik/The Flying Dutchman (Cologne Opera). After studying medicine at the University of Hamburg, Fritz joined first the Stadttheater Bremerhaven and subsequently Gelsenkirchen’s Musiktheater, before spending six years at one of Europe’s most prestigious theaters, the Berlin State Opera. Besides Wagner, stage successes encompass roles by Beethoven (Florestan/ Fidelio, Tel Aviv, Florence, Amsterdam), Weber (Max/Der Freischütz, Hamburg, Berlin), and Strauss (Emperor/Die Frau ohne Schatten, Leipzig, Berlin, Frankfurt). Later this season Fritz stars in Parsifal (Munich), Die tote Stadt (Dresden), and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Berlin). He recently performed in concert with the Staatskapelle Berlin and at the Berlin State Opera’s Wagner Gala. The tenor is featured on DVD in Benvenuto Cellini, Les vêpres siciliennes, Gurrelieder, and The Mahler Project: Mahler No. 8 “Symphony of a Thousand.” He has recorded with the Bavarian State Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Orchestra, and Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra.

Lyric debut: Title role/Siegfried (2018|19)

Last updated: November 3, 2018
Photo: Monika Rittershaus