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Singer Fischer-Dieskau dies at 86

Renowned German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau has died. He was 86.

Berlin's Deutsche Oper said the singer of opera and artistic songs died at his home in Bavaria in southern Germany.

Culture Minister Bernd Neumann says Fischer-Dieskau "deeply moved countless people around the world for more than half a century through hundreds of concerts and recordings".

He said Fischer-Dieskau's recordings of works by composers such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert and Richard Strauss set benchmarks for generations of singers to come, especially through his famous representation of Schubert's Winter Journey.

Klaus Staeck, president of the German Academy of Arts, said Fischer-Dieskau's "performances of some of the great roles in operatic history shaped the culture of singing".

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