Ernst Haefliger

Biography

Born: July 6, 1919; Davos, Switzerland   Died: March 17, 2007; Davos, Switzerland  
Ernst Haefliger was one of the better known and more versatile tenors of his day. He was impressive both on the operatic stage and as a recitalist, and in each of these realms his repertory was broad, from Baroque era (J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion and St. John Passion) to the contemporary (Boris Blacher's Zwischenfälle bei einer Notlandung). Haefliger received high praise for his Schubert lieder, particularly for Winterreise and Die Read more schöne Müllerin. His 1949 Salzburg Festival debut as Tiresias in Orff's Antigonae received critical acclaim. Haefliger was probably best known for his Mozart (Pamina, Ferrando, Don Ottavio, and others), and for his portrayals of the Evangelist in the Bach Passions. He was one of the first tenors to record Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde in stereo (Bruno Walter, conducting; 1960). The tone of Haefliger's voice, while appealing, was generally regarded as not particularly outstanding; yet, because of his precision in articulation and deft sense for phrasing, he achieved a vocal style quite unforgettable, quite distinct from other tenors of his generation. Though most of his recordings are decades old, many remain available on Philips (the largest source), Decca, Sony, DG, Naxos, Orfeo, Berlin Classics, Preiser Records, Testament, and other labels.

Ernst Haefliger was born in Davos, Switzerland, on July 6, 1919. He studied at the Zurich Conservatory and at the Geneva Conservatory, where his most important teacher was Fernando Capri; he later took vocal lessons in Vienna from iconic tenor Julius Patzak. Haefliger debuted in 1942 in Geneva singing the Evangelist in the St. John Passion. The following year he joined the Zurich Opera, remaining there until 1952.

From 1952-1974 he was a member of the Deutsche Oper, but frequently appeared at other major operatic venues and in recitals and orchestral concerts. Many important debuts took place during this 22-year run, including at Glyndebourne (1956) singing Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Chicago's Lyric Opera (1966), in the same role, and Moscow (1968) as the Evangelist.

Haefliger remained active well past his 1972 retirement from the Deutsche Oper. In fact, he was singing Schubert's Winterreise in recital as late as 1995 (London's Wigmore Hall), when he was 76! Even after he finally retired from singing, Haefliger made concert appearances in speaking roles, as in the 2002 performance of Schoenberg's Gurrelieder at the Proms (in London), where he was narrator. Haefliger died in Davos on March 17, 2007. Read less
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    Haydn: Nelson Mass; Schubert: Mass In G
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002392302 Release Date: 10/16/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Maria Stader,  Victor von Halem,  Sándor Margittay,  Ernst Haefliger  ... 
    Conductor:  János Ferencsik,  Claudio Abbado
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    Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 / Furtwangler, Philharmonia Orchestra [Vinyl]
    Label: Audite   Catalog: AUD80461 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Ernst Haefliger,  Elsa Cavelti,  Otto Edelmann,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucerne Festival Chorus,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Ferenc Fricsay - Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon Vol 2
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002346910 Release Date: 07/17/2015   Number of Discs: 37
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Hertha Töpper,  Helmut Krebs,  Ernst Haefliger  ... 
    Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus,  St. Hedwig's Cathedral Choir  ... 
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    Pierre Boulez: The Complete Columbia Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 301333 Release Date: 11/24/2014   Number of Discs: 67
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Alexander Scriabin,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Alban Berg  ... 
    Performer:  Karl Dönch,  Isabel Strauss,  Walter Berry,  Fritz Uhl  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Anton Webern
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Camerata Singers,  Schola Cantorum New York  ... 
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    Beethoven: Symphony No 9 / Furtwangler, Schwarzkopf, Cavelti, Haefliger, Edelmann
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 92641 Release Date: 11/18/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Otto Edelmann,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Elsa Cavelti,  Ernst Haefliger
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Lucerne Festival Chorus
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    Beethoven: Symphony No 9 / Furtwangler, Schwarzkopf, Cavelti, Haefliger, Edelmann
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 95641 Release Date: 11/18/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Ernst Haefliger,  Elsa Cavelti,  Otto Edelmann,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Lucerne Festival Chorus
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    Ferenc Fricsay: Complete DG Recordings, Vol 1 - Orchestral Works
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002132602 Release Date: 09/02/2014   Number of Discs: 45
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  César Franck  ... 
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Tibor Varga,  Helmut Krebs,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau  ... 
    Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Beethoven's Choral Symphony
    Label: Tahra   Catalog: 752 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Elsie Morison,  Else Brems,  Ernst Haefliger
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9; Overtures / Karajan, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 633735 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Otto Edelmann,  Ernst Haefliger,  Marga Höffgen,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Vienna Friends of Music Society Chorus
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    Blacher: 200, 000 Taler / Modl, Reich, Weiss, Haefliger, Hollreiser
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 102185 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Boris Blacher
    Performer:  Cornelis Van Dijk,  Karl-Ernst Mercker,  Martha Mödl,  Ernst Krukowski  ... 
    Conductor:  Heinrich Hollreiser
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
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    Bach Masterworks - The Original Jackets Collection
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001929902 Release Date: 12/10/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Hertha Töpper,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Maria Stader,  Ernst Haefliger  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Richter,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Rainer Kussmaul,  Reinhard Goebel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Bach Orchestra,  Munich Bach Choir,  English Baroque Soloists  ... 
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  • 12.
    Ernest Ansermet - French Music
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4807898 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 32
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Hector Berlioz  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Gugolz,  Marie-Luise de Montmollin,  Nancy Waugh,  Suzanne Danco  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Union Chorale de la Tour-de-Peilz,  Geneva Motet Choir  ... 
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    Bach: Advent And Christmas Cantatas / Karl Richter [4-CD Set]
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 001933602 Release Date: 11/05/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Edith Mathis,  Peter Schreier,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Theo Adam  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Richter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Bach Orchestra,  Munich Bach Choir
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    Bruno Walter Conducts Mahler
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 920102 Release Date: 08/07/2012   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Emilia Cundari,  Maureen Forrester,  Mildred Miller,  Desi Halban  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  Westminster Choir,  New York Philharmonic
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    Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Richter, Haefliger, Engen, Seefried, Fischer-Dieskau
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 12008 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Antonia Fahberg,  Max Proebstl,  Kieth Engen  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Richter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Bach Choir,  Munich Bach Orchestra,  Munich Choir Boys
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    The Rough Guide To Classical Composers: Mozart (With Bonus Cd: Mozart String Quintets)
    Label: Music Rough Guides   Catalog: 331243 Release Date: 11/01/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ernst Haefliger,  Peter Mikulas,  Joanna Borowsak,  Rohangiz Yachmi  ... 
    Conductor:  Michi Gaigg,  Barry Wordsworth,  Johannes Wildner,  Michael Halász  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Mozart Players,  Netherlands Wind Ensemble
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    Hohepunkte Der Chormusik
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300227 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Heinrich Isaac,  Pierre de La Rue,  Josquin Des Préz,  Antoine de Févin  ... 
    Performer:  Karl-Heinz Schmieder,  Werner Eberhardt,  Siegfried Hausmann,  Joachim Vogt  ... 
    Conductor:  Dietrich Knothe,  Hans Gruss,  Roderich Kreile,  Rudolf Mauersberger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schütz-Akademie,  Virtuosi Saxoniae,  Trompetensemble Ludwig Güttler  ... 
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    Bruckner: Geistliche Chorwerke / Eugen Jochum
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 423127 Release Date: 03/10/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Performer:  Wolfgang Meyer,  Ernst Haefliger,  Peter Lagger,  Sieglinde Wagner  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus  ... 
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    Handel: Kront Den Tag Mit Festesglanz
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300154 Release Date: 03/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Ernst Haefliger
    Conductor:  Wolf-Dieter Hauschild,  Marcus Creed,  Helmut Koch,  Christian Kluttig  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin,  Camerata Musica
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    Verdi: Requiem; Rossini: Stabat Mater / Fricsay, RIAS SO
    Label: Dg Double   Catalog: 439684 Release Date: 01/18/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Ivan Sardi,  Gabor Carelli,  Oralia Dominguez,  Maria Stader  ... 
    Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus,  St. Hedwig's Cathedral Choir
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    Wagner: Der Fliegende Hollander / Fricsay, Metternich, Kupper
    Label: Dg Double   Catalog: 439714 Release Date: 01/02/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Josef Greindl,  Ernst Haefliger,  Sieglinde Wagner,  Wolfgang Windgassen  ... 
    Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus,  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra
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    Georg Friedrich Handel: Die Grossen Chore
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300065 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Hartmut Friedrich,  Frank Peter Zimmermann,  Helmut Oertel,  Roland Münch  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmut Koch,  Heinz Rögner,  Dietrich Knothe,  Wolf-Dieter Hauschild
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    The Works Of Arnold Schoenberg Vol 2 - The Robert Craft Edition
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8506023 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg
    Performer:  Catherine Wyn-Rogers,  Sioned Williams,  Tim Carey,  John Alley  ... 
    Conductor:  Igor Stravinsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  20th Century Classics Ensemble,  Simon Joly Chorus  ... 
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    Mozart: Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail / Maag
    Label: Arts Music   Catalog: 43085 Release Date: 10/13/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Herbert Handt,  Teresa Stich-Randall,  Rosl Schwaiger,  Ernst Haefliger  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Maag
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Milan,  Italian Radio Chorus Milan
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    Bach: Cantatas 56, 106 & 147 / Richter, Baumgartner
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 463008 Release Date: 07/20/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Hertha Töpper,  Ernst Haefliger,  Theo Adam,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Richter,  Rudolf Baumgartner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Bach Choir,  Munich Bach Orchestra,  Lucerne Festival Strings
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