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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    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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    100 Hits: Classical Greats
    Label: 100 Hits   Catalog: 1017490 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Myra Hess,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Geraint Jones,  Karl Münchinger,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Myra Hess  ... 
    Conductor:  Geraint Jones,  Karl Münchinger,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Leopold Stokowski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici,  Members of the Vienna Octet (Members)
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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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    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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    Label: Gala   Catalog: 100635 Release Date: 11/01/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Leos Janácek
    Performer:  Members of the Netherlands Chamber Choir,  Cora Canne-Meijer,  Felix de Nobel,  Ernst Haefliger
    Conductor:  Jascha Horenstein
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    Berlin Philharmonic - Centenary Edition
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001923302 Release Date: 10/22/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Hector Berlioz,  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Walter Berry,  Gundula Janowitz,  Hilde Rössl-Majdan  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Nikisch,  Alfred Hertz,  Richard Strauss,  Bruno Walter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein,  Swedish Radio Chorus  ... 
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    Bruno Walter - The Edition
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 548952 Release Date: 07/02/2013   Number of Discs: 39
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Walter Hendl,  John Corigliano Sr.,  Leonard Rose,  Martha Lipton  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  Occidental College Consort,  New York Philharmonic  ... 
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    Archiv Produktion 1947-2013
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 001833572 Release Date: 06/18/2013   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Anonymous,  Adam de la Halle,  Raimbaut de Vaqeiras  ... 
    Performer:  Helmut Walcha,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Hermann Töttcher,  Maria Jung  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Ristenpart,  Fritz Lehmann,  Maurus Pfaff,  Safford Cape  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Karl Ristenpart Chamber Orchestra,  Bach Festival Orchestra,  Frankfurt Music School Chorus  ... 
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    Label: Bellavoce   Catalog: 7702259 Release Date: 05/03/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti,  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Nan Merriman,  Bruna Rizzoli,  Sophia Van Sante,  Leo Ketelaars  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Basile,  Jean Fournet,  Eugen Jochum
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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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    Magnificat - 500 Years Of Choral Masterworks [50-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001664502 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Gregorio Allegri,  Antonio Lotti,  Orlando de Lassus,  Josquin Des Préz  ... 
    Performer:  Patrick Russill,  Marinella Pennicchi,  Michael Chance,  Mark Tucker  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers,  Paul McCreesh,  Stephen Cleobury,  Edward Wickham  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen,  Gabrieli Consort,  Gabrieli Players  ... 
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    Honegger: Symphonies 2-4, Choral Works; Martin: In Terra Pax / Ansermet
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4802316 Release Date: 03/28/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Arthur Honegger,  Frank Martin
    Performer:  Marie-Luise de Montmollin,  Suzanne Danco,  Pauline Martin,  Michel Hamer  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Lausanne Youth Chorus,  Villamont College Little Choir  ... 
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    Stravinsky - Ansermet: First Decca Recordings
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4803775 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Hugues Cuénod,  Michel Sénéchal,  Heinz Rehfuss,  Xavier Depraz  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Brassus Chorale,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    The Very Best Of Herbert Von Karajan
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6789922 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Antonín Dvorák,  Jean Sibelius,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Alexis Weissenberg,  Gidon Kremer,  James Galway  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
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    Beethoven: Symphony No 9 / Wilhelm Furtwängler
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 790 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Ernst Haefliger,  Elsa Cavelti,  Otto Edelmann
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Lucerne Festival Chorus
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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,  Joanna Borowsak,  Rohangiz Yachmi,  Peter Mikulas  ... 
    Conductor:  Michi Gaigg,  Barry Wordsworth,  Johannes Wildner,  Michael Halász  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Mozart Players,  Nederlands Blazers 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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    111 More Classic Tracks [6-CD Set - Limited Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001483202 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Franz Liszt,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Maurice André,  Stefan Askenase,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Karel Ancerl,  Hans Stadlmair,  John Nelson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  Munich Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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