Wunderlich, Schubert, JBS conference
One of the highlights of the June JBS Conference at Gustavus came with our opportunity to hear a new edition of George Jellinek's radio program "The Vocal Scene" devoted to a comparison of Jussi with the great, lamented German tenor Fritz Wunderlich, who died in 1966, a few days short of his 36th birthday, due to a tragic fall down a staircase. We heard Dr. Jellinck's interesting discussion of these two careers, along with examples of their substantial common repertoire: both singers in the "free as a bird" aria from Millocker's Beggar Student> as well as arias from Boheme, L'elisir d'amore. Rigoletto, Tosca, Eugene Onegin and other operas. In concluding, Dr. Jellinek mentioned the theme of this particular program: "ars longa, vita brevis" and remarked that "Grillparzer's famous line about the future of even fairer hopes, that would have followed Schubert's untimely passing, comes to mind."
"George Jellinek on Wunderlich, Bjorling and Schubert,"
Journal of the Jussi Björling Societies of the USA & UK: Vol. 13
, Article 24.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/jussibjorlingsociety/vol13/iss1/24