07 January 2008

Heinz Zednik in Bayreuth

The character tenor Heinz Zednik is one of the most remarkable Wagner interpretors that we have seen in Bayreuth. Although only doing minor roles, his strong scenic presence and interpretative skills contributed to the great success of the Centenary Ring (1976-80).

It was another great character tenor that recommended him for Bayreuth: Gerhard Stolze. Heinz Zednik did his first Bayreuth performances in 1970, as Ulrich Eisslinger (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) and 4. Knappe (Parsifal). The next year he sang Steuermann (Der fliegende Holländer), 2. Edler (Lohengrin) and 4. Knappe (Parsifal).

It was first in 1972 he was asked to sing Mime in Das Rheingold and Siegfried. Zednik owned the role as Mime in Siegfried from 1972 to 1980. With the Centenary Ring, he reached his peak as a Bayreuth star, making remarkable interpretations as Loge in Das Rheingold and Mime in Siegfried all the five years the Chéreau Ring was being played.

The Chéreau/Boulez Ring was first a great scandal, but became one of the greatest successes in the history of the Bayreuth Festival. At curtain fall of the last Götterdämmerung of this production, there was a 85 minutes long ovation.

Heinz Zednik has for more than 40 years been a part of the ensemble at Wiener Staatsoper.

Heinz Zednik's performances in Bayreuth
Heinz Zednik: Mein Opernleben

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