Obituary: Endrik Wottrich Dies at 53

By Francisco Salazar

Endrik Wottirch has died at the age of 53.

The Wiener Volksoper announced the news that he suffered a heart attack. Wottrich was born in Celle, Germany and went on to earn a diploma in violin studies at Juilliard and became a member of the Berlin Staatsoper through the 1990s. 

He would make his stage debut in 1992 as Cassio in Verdi’s “Otello” at the Staatstheater Wiesbaden and that would be followed by an engagement at the Berlin Staatsoper Unter den Linden. He went on to perform such roles as Tamino in Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”, Alfredo in “La Traviata”, Steuermann in “The Flying Dutchman” and Andres in “Wozzeck”. He would later go on to sing in Poulenc’s “Dialogues des carmélites” and  Beethoven’s “Fidelio” as well as the title role of Verdi’s “Don Carlo.”

Later in his career, he moved into the heavy Wagner repertoire such as Erick in “Der Fliegende Holländer,” Siegmund in “Die Walküre“ and the title role in “Parsifal.” He also performed in the title role of Sain-Saëns “Samson et Dalila” and Tristan in “Tristan und Isolde.” Wottrich also performed Siegfried in “The Ring Cycle” and Bacchus in Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos.”

The tenor performed on all the major stages including Amsterdam, London, Dresden, Vienna, Stuttgart and Wiesbaden.  He also performed in Carnegie Hall, Milan, Paris, Bayreuth and Bonn. 

He worked with Riccardo Muti, Christian Thielemann and Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

Wottrich left a number of recordings behind including one of Weber’s “Der Freischütz” and Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy.”