Obituary: Tenor Klaus Ofczarek Dies at 81

By Francisco Salazar

Austrian Actor and Opera singer Klaus Ofczarek passed away on Dec. 6, 2020 in Vienna. He was 81.

Ofczarek was born on March 17, 1939, in Vienna, Austria, and attended the Otto Glöckel School in the 1950s before studying acting and singing at the Vienna Conservatory.

He went on to perform with the Wiener Kammeroper, the Stadttheater St. Pölten, St. Gallen, and Opernhaus Graz. He would tour the USA and also performed in Frankfurt, Bern, and at the Wiener Volksoper, where he would become a soloist of the opera house.

With the Wiener Volksoper, he performed Doolittle in “My Fair Lady,” “The Bartered Bride,” “La Périchole,” “The Gypsy Baron,” “Countess Mariza,” “West Side Story,” and many more.

Ofczarek also made his Wiener Staatsoper debut and performed in a production of “Lulu” during the 2005-06 season.

Outside of his work in opera, the tenor also acted in numerous TV and film productions including “Klimt,” “Der Metzger und der Tote im Haifischbecken,” “Russisch Roulette,” “Julia – Eine ungewöhnliche Frau,” “Krupp: A Family Between War and Peace,” and “Teheran Tabu.” He would work in TV and film from 1996 to 2017.

Ofczarek leaves opera singer Roberta Ofczarek and his son Nicholas Ofczarek.