Spas Wenkoff, the Bulgarian tenor who was Bayreuth’s Tristan in 1976, has died at his home in Bad Ischl, where the Austrian Emperor and nobility once retired for the summer. He was 84.
Wenkoff started out as a lawyer in Sofia before retraining his voice in Russia. He began his second career in East Germany, at the Döbeln Theater from 1965-68, then at Magdeburg and Halle before getting a call to the Berlin State Opera, where he sang until 1984. After a spectacular success as Tristan, he sang the role the world over.