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The opera athletes

High-Performance sports, Singing opera The opera athletes


Jonas Kaufmann, Anja Harteros, Piotr Beczala and Daniel Behle... what do they all have in common?

Besides being internationally acclaimed singers, they're all 'vocal athletes' who keep their voices in shape the way sportsmen keep their bodies fit. Most people have no idea how demanding and punishing the profession of opera singer actually is. In this riveting documentary, filmmakers Barbara and Wolfgang Wunderlich – the children of legendary tenor Fritz Wunderlich – have teamed up with Thomas Voigt to examine the physical and psychological hurdles that constantly need to be overcome whe singers want to give their best.


  • Featuring exclusive interviews of:
  • Jonas Kaufmann
  • Anja Harteros
  • Christa Ludwig
  • Piotr Beczała
  • Nikolaus Bachler | General Director of the Bavarian State Opera Munich
  • Reinhard Kürsten | ENT Specialist
  • Jürgen Kesting | Music journalist
  • Edda Moser
  • Walter Legge | Record Producer
  • Daniel Behle


  • Directed by:
    • Thomas Voigt
    • Wolfgang Wunderlich
  • Production date: 2011
  • Duration: 43 min
  • Production: © Wunderlich Medien GbR / Unitel
  • Available version(s): EN, ES
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