Gösta Winbergh

Biography

Born: December 30, 1943; Stockholm, Sweden   Died: March 19, 2002; Vienna, Austria  
Although he had enjoyed a distinguished career lasting three decades, Gösta Winbergh died prematurely while still in excellent voice. Thorough training and conscientious attention to vocal health enabled the tenor to move from primacy in Mozart roles into spinto, dramatic, and even heroic roles during his final ten years. With a broad, handsome face and a trim, sturdy physique, Winbergh was valued for the strength and manliness he brought first Read more to the Mozart repertory and, later, to such roles as Walter von Stolzing, Lohengrin, Parsifal, and in the higher tessitura of Strauss' Bacchus. In the final years allotted to him, he even undertook such heldentenor roles as Tristan, Siegmund, and Siegfried, bringing to these the same firm, steady beauty of tone that had marked his work in the lyric repertory. Few singers of any voice range have ever made such a far-ranging transition while avoiding deterioration in sound and steadiness.

Winbergh's exposure to music came early through his mother, a concert pianist. After a brief fling with pop music, the young man applied himself to serious music. Identified as having a promising voice, Winbergh was introduced to Martin Oehman, once a prominent Wagnerian before entering a second career as a teacher. Although Oehman had seemed a good choice (he listed Nicolai Gedda among his students), he died before Winbergh had completed a year's study. Shortly before his death, Oehman had referred the young tenor to Swedish baritone Erik Saedén, a respected artist and an advocate of placing the voice as naturally as possible. Following two years of vocal training, Winbergh joined the opera school in Stockholm and completed another two years of concentrated study.

Winbergh's professional stage debut in 1973 came in Göteborg, where he sang mostly lighter Romantic-period roles with occasional forays into operetta. After this solid experience, he was engaged by the Royal Opera in his native city and there began to specialize in Mozart, also undertaking concert work, both with orchestra and in recital. 1981 brought Winbergh to Zürich, where he stayed until 1986, establishing a residence where he remained even after he left the company. Soon, Winbergh had added Munich, Vienna, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Milan, Berlin, London, and many other major houses and numerous festivals to his schedule.

Although heavier roles were largely future dreams in the 1980s, Winbergh began exploring that repertory in 1992 with a Lohengrin at Zürich. Subsequently, he essayed Parsifal in Berlin (after a Stockholm trial), Tristan in Stockholm and Vienna, and Siegmund in Zürich. In the meantime, he had added Walter in Die Meistersinger (sung in several major theaters) Gherman in Pique Dame, and the Emperor in Die Frau ohne Schatten (the latter two in Zürich).

Winbergh evinced little interest in contemporary opera, protesting that he was too decidedly a natural singer. His concern for maintaining a fresh voice led him to work with Nicolai Gedda for a number of years; even as he added the heaviest parts in the German repertory to his schedule, he retained a focused and unstrained top register for Strauss. His recorded Bacchus attests to that just as his ringing Florestan in an excellent Naxos recording of Fidelio melds lyric fluidity with dramatic strength. Winbergh was treasured by the finest conductors of his time. An artist of the first rank, he was also respected by his colleagues as a considerate, generous man. Read less
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    The History of Classical Music in 24 Hours
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002403602 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 24
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Pérotin,  Guillaume de Machaut,  John Dunstable  ... 
    Performer:  Konrad Ragossnig,  Charles [Tenor Vocals] Daniels,  Susan Gritton,  Trevor Pinnock  ... 
    Conductor:  Pater Godehard Joppich,  David Munrow,  Josef Ulsamer,  Bruno Turner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London,  Ulsamer-Collegium,  Hamburger Bläserkreis für Alte Musik  ... 
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    The Florilegium Series - Classical & Early Romantic
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 002386502 Release Date: 10/15/2015   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Wenzel Stamitz,  Luigi Boccherini,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Domenico Cimarosa  ... 
    Performer:  Alan Hacker,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Emma Kirkby,  Michael George  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  Simon Preston,  Alan Hacker,  Arnold Östman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  The Music Party,  Oxford New College Choir  ... 
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    Karajan - The Opera Recordings
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002328102 Release Date: 07/31/2015   Number of Discs: 70
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Franz Lehár,  Franz von Suppé  ... 
    Performer:  Heinz Zednik,  Christine Barbaux,  Katia Ricciarelli,  José Van Dam  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Paris Opera Chorus,  Schöneberg Boys Choir  ... 
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    Karajan - 1980s
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002187902 Release Date: 12/09/2014   Number of Discs: 78
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Anton Bruckner,  Johannes Brahms,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Performer:  David Bell,  José Van Dam,  Barbara Hendricks,  Gösta Winbergh  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Domenico Bartolucci
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein  ... 
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    Great Performances Recorded Live at Covent Garden 1955-1997
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 9024 Release Date: 09/30/2014   Number of Discs: 32
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Marian Nowakowski,  Michael Langdon,  Raymond Nilsson,  Otakar Kraus  ... 
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik,  Sir Alexander Gibson,  Rudolf Kempe,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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    Solti Conducts The Mozart Operas [15-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001745402 Release Date: 10/16/2012   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Tom Krause,  Arthur Davies,  Gabriel Bacquier,  Pilar Lorengar  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  London Opera Chorus  ... 
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    Mozart: Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail / Solti, Gruberova
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001726802 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Edita Gruberova,  Martti Talvela,  Gösta Winbergh,  Kathleen Battle  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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    Strauss: Ariadne Auf Naxos, Etc / Nagano, Price, Jo, Schafer
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 59867 Release Date: 06/05/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Sumi Jo,  Ernst Theo Richter,  Gösta Winbergh,  Markus Schäfer  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
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    Donizetti: L'Elisir d'Amore / Panerai, Bonney, Ferro
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 423076 Release Date: 10/15/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
    Performer:  Antonella Bandelli,  Rolando Panerai,  Barbara Bonney,  Bernd Weikl  ... 
    Conductor:  Gabriele Ferro
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus
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    Thomas: Hamlet / Bonynge, Sutherland, Milnes, Morris
    Label: London/Decca Grand Opera Series   Catalog: 433857 Release Date: 09/21/2009   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ambroise Thomas
    Performer:  Peyo Garazzi,  Arwel Huw Morgan,  John Tomlinson,  Keith Lewis  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra,  Welsh National Opera Chorus
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    Mozart: La Clemenza Di Tito / Muti, Vaness, Ziegler, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 55489 Release Date: 08/07/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  László Polgár,  Christine Barbaux,  Marta Senn,  Gösta Winbergh  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem;  Bruckner: Te Deum / Karajan
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 410521 Release Date: 03/03/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Anton Bruckner
    Performer:  José Van Dam,  Barbara Hendricks,  Gösta Winbergh,  Helga Müller-Molinari  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Singverein,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte / Arnold Östman
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 414316 Release Date: 10/15/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Alicia Nafé,  Gösta Winbergh,  Carlos Feller,  Tom Krause  ... 
    Conductor:  Arnold Östman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Drottningholm Court Theatre Orchestra,  Drottningholm Court Theatre Chorus
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    Icon - Mirella Freni - The Opera Singer
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 06253 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Pietro Mascagni,  Gustave Charpentier  ... 
    Performer:  Agnes Baltsa,  Mirella Freni,  José Carreras,  Katia Ricciarelli  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Franco Ferraris,  Alain Lombard,  Leone Magiera  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Mirella Freni- Great Opera Duets
    Label: Emi Studio   Catalog: 63665 Release Date: 09/17/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Charles Gounod,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Nicolai Gedda,  Mirella Freni,  Sesto Bruscantini,  Gösta Winbergh  ... 
    Conductor:  Thomas Schippers,  Riccardo Muti,  Otto Klemperer,  Michel Plasson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra  ... 
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    Donizetti: Don Pasquale Highlights / Riccardo Muti
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 54490 Release Date: 05/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
    Performer:  Leo Nucci,  Mirella Freni,  Gösta Winbergh,  Sesto Bruscantini
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Opera Chorus,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Mozart:  Mitridate, Rč Di Ponto / Harnoncourt, Winbergh, Kenny, Murray, Gjevang
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000617309 Release Date: 04/11/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Gösta Winbergh,  Yvonne Kenny,  Ann Murray,  Anne Gjevang  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
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    Beethoven: Fidelio (Highlights) / Halász, Nielsen, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557892 Release Date: 11/15/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Edith Lienbacher,  Inga Nielsen,  Herwig Pecoraro,  Kurt Moll  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Halász
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia,  Hungarian Radio Chorus
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    Wagner: Die Meistersinger Von Nürnberg / Deutsche Oper Berlin 1995
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 100153 Release Date: 04/20/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Wolfgang Brendel,  Eva Johansson,  Gösta Winbergh
    Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
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    Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn / Chailly, Bonney, Goerne, Winburgh
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000002902 Release Date: 04/08/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Sara Fulgoni,  Matthias Goerne,  Gösta Winbergh,  Barbara Bonney
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Essential Mozart Opera
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 473824 Release Date: 03/11/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Pilar Lorengar,  Teresa Berganza,  Gabriel Bacquier,  Ryland Davies  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  István Kertész,  Sir Colin Davis,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 22.
    Rapture - Opera's Most Heavenly Moments
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471717 Release Date: 10/08/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Georges Bizet,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Marilyn Horne,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Teresa Berganza,  Mirella Freni  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Richard Bonynge,  Giuseppe Sinopoli,  Sir Colin Davis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    The Radiant Voice Of Barbara Bonney
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 468818 Release Date: 07/24/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  André Previn,  Carl Orff  ... 
    Performer:  Barbara Bonney,  Anthony Way,  Daniel Phillips,  André Previn  ... 
    Conductor:  Gustav Leonhardt,  Neil Page,  André Previn,  Riccardo Chailly  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  English Sinfonia,  Uppingham School Choir  ... 
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    Mozart: Don Giovanni / Karajan, Ramey, Battle
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 46383 Release Date: 08/29/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Gösta Winbergh,  Kathleen Battle,  Samuel Ramey,  Alexander Malta  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Beethoven: Fidelio / Halász, Nielsen, Glashof, Titus, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8660070-71 Release Date: 11/30/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Edith Lienbacher,  Herwig Pecoraro,  Gösta Winbergh,  Alan Titus  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Halász
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hungarian Radio Chorus,  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia
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