29 March 2008

Helmut Pampuch (1940–2008)

Helmut Pampuch died on Good Friday, Festspiele.de reports. He was one of the Bayreuth Festival's most faithful servants, singing roles like Mime, 3. Knappe (Parsifal), Hirt (Tristan und Isolde), 2. Edler (Lohengrin) and Augustin Moser (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) for more than 30 years. Pampuch appeared at some major opera houses in the world, for instance La Scala, Metropolitan, Paris and Munich.

Pampuch appears as Mime (Das Rheingold) on DVD and CD in both Chéreau's and Kupfer's Ring from Bayreuth.


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GayAdventure said...

Helmut Pampuch was also part of the stellar cast that performed the first ever three act Lulu in Paris in 1979, with Teresa Stratas as Lulu and Pierre Boulez conducting. Pampuch played three parts in that opera: the Prince in Act I, the Manservant in Act II, and the Marquis in Act III, who was determined to deliver Lulu into white slavery. His wonderful performance is preserved in the Boulez recording for DG, with Statas again in the title role.