Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau passes away

Acclaimed German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau has died, aged 86.

Fisher-Dieskau was one of the world’s leading lieder (art song) performers, as well as an opera singer. His excellent vocal technique saw him become an in-demand teacher and a writer.

Among some of his greatest performances was his famous interpretation of Franz Schubert’s Winterreise. He also appeared in the world premiere of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem at the inauguration of the new Coventry Cathedral in 1962.

His wife Julia Varaday announced his passing today (May 18), ten days before his 87th birthday.