Windgassen, Wolfgang

BORN 26 Jun 1914, Annemasse, Haute-Savoie - DIED 8 Sep 1974, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg
GRAVE LOCATION Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg: Waldfriedhof (Abteilung 01 A)

Wolfgang Windgassen was the son of the tenor Fritz Windgassen (1883-1963) and the soprano Vali von der Osten (1882-1923). He studied singing with his father and under Alfons Fischer and Maria Ranzow. In 1939 he debuted at the theatre in Pforzheim in Pucini's "Madame Butterfly" as Pinkerton. During the Second World War he was in the army. In 1945 he succeeded his father at the Opera in Stuttgart where he worked until his death.

He was widely known as a Wagner tenor and appeared in the famous opera houses in Vienna, Milan, Paris, London, Buenos Aires and many other cities. In 1961 he married his second wife Lore von Wissman, also a singer at the Opera in Stuttgart. They had one son.

• Mother: Osten, Vally von der
• Wife: Wissmann, Lore (1961-1974)

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• cooperated with Varnay, Astrid


The grave of Wolfgang Windgassen at the Waldfriedhof, Stuttgart.
Picture by Androom (31 Jan 2007)


Wolfgang Windgassen

Winterhalter, Franz Xaver

Published: 08 Sep 2018
Last update: 26 Jan 2022