Ernst Haefliger (1919-2007), the Swiss tenor whose worldwide reputation rests on his supreme interpretation of German Lieder, opera and oratorio, was a regular guest on stages throughout Europe, the United States and Japan. He was known for his interpretations of Bach and his legendary recitals and master classes.
Born in Davos, Switzerland, Ernst Haefliger studied at the Wettingen Seminary and at the Zurich Conservatory. He has trained with Julius Patzak in Munich for German Opera and Oratorio and with Fernando Carpi in Milan where he acquired his stunning bel canto technique.
He devoted himself to Lieder and choral work and soon established a reputation for impeccable style and musicianship. Ernest Haefliger entered the operatic field at the suggestion of the late Ferenc Fricsay, and later came to international attention as Tiresias in the world premiere of Orff’s Antigone in Salzburg.
He eventually became a member of the Berlin Opera where he was the first lyric tenor for many years. He excelled in the Chicago Lyric Opera, at the Vancouver Festival and also with the Houston and Pittsburgh Symphonies. Many of his recordings have been released by Angel, Columbia, Deutsche Grammophon, Vanguard, Philips and Claves.
Ernst Haefliger, who has written the book Die Kunst des Singens (Schott Verlag, Mainz), has taught at the Munich College of Music and conducted yearly master classes in Zurich, Japan and the United States (Marlboro and Ravinia).