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Elisabeth Schumann was born in Germany in 1888 into a musical family. Her first singing training was with teachers in Dresden and Berlin. She began her operatic career in Hamburg at the Hamburg Opera in 1909 with the part of the Shepherd Boy in Tannhäuser. With the help of her teacher Alma Schadow she sang roles such as Aennchen, Mignon, Marzelline, Cherubino and Susanna. The role which made her a star was that of Sophie in the Hamburg première of Der Rosenkavalier in February 1911.

When her contract with Hamburg ran out in 1919, Richard Strauss offered her a contract at the Vienna State Opera, and Elisabeth Schumann began in Vienna in the same year. These were the most successful and happiest part of her operatic career. She was engaged by the Vienna State Opera until 1938. During this time she went on an international concert tour of the United States with Richard Strauss, and she sang, among other places, in England, Italy, Spain, Romania, Hungary, Greece, Germany, France, North Africa, Argentina and at numerous opera festivals such as those in Salzburg and Munich. At Covent Garden, where she sang in the seasons from 1924 to 1931, she was especially famous for her Sophie, and Mozart roles such as Susanna and Zerlina. Elisabeth Schumann was made Honorary Member of the Vienna State Opera and the first female Honorary Member of the Vienna Philharmonic Society.

Throughout the Second World War Schumann lived in New York, where she gave recitals, but concentrated mostly on teaching. After the war she returned to London in 1945, and made a successful comeback. She died April 1952.

Albums featuring this artist are available for download from ClassicsOnline.com
Role: Classical Artist 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
A TO Z OF SINGERS Naxos Educational
BACH, J.S.: Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 (Schwarzkopf, Gedda, Karajan) (1952-1953) Naxos Historical
Choral - Sacred
Christmas from a Golden Age (1925-1950) Naxos Historical
GREAT SINGERS (1904-1952) Naxos Historical
HUMPERDINCK: Hansel und Gretel (Schwarzkopf, Karajan) (1953) Naxos Historical
SCHUMANN, Elisabeth: Early Recordings (1915-1923) Naxos Historical
Opera, Vocal, Opera, Vocal, Opera
SCHUMANN, Elisabeth: Mozart and Viennese Operetta Aria Recordings (1926-1938) Naxos Historical
Opera, Operetta, Opera, Operetta, Vocal, Opera, Operetta, Vocal, Operetta, Vocal, Operetta, Vocal
SCHUMANN, Elisabeth: Schubert Lieder (1927-1945) Naxos Historical
SCHUMANN, Elizabeth: Brahms / Mendelssohn / Schumann: Lieder (1930-1938) Naxos Historical
STRAUSS II, J.: Die Fledermaus (The Bat) (Schwarzkopf, Gedda, Karajan) (1955) Naxos Historical
STRAUSS, R.: Rosenkavalier (Der) (Lehmann, Schumann) (1933) Naxos Historical
VIENNESE OPERETTA GEMS (1927-1949) Naxos Historical

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