Gösta Winbergh

Gösta WinberghThe Swedish tenor Gösta Winbergh studied engineering and played in a rock band through the 1960s, before pursuing vocal studies at the age of 24 in his home town, Stockholm.  His debut took place in Göteborg as Rodolfo in La Bohème (1973).  He became a member of the Royal Opera Stockholm where he concentrated on the lyric and belcanto repertoire before embracing all major tenor roles by Mozart and, later in life, also heroic title roles in operas by Wagner and Strauss.  He performed in every major opera house in the world and cooperated with leading conductors such as Karajan, Muti, Harnincourt and Solti.  He received Grammy nominations for Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Don Giovanni and Gluck’s Iphegenie en Tauride. Winbergh gained a reputation for excellent technique, exquisite lyricism, notable acting abilities, vast repertoire and of course for a beautiful and seductive golden tone of voice. His last success was as Florestan in Beethoven’s Fidelio.  He died in Vienna in 2002 of a heart attack at the age of 58.