^ Back to Top
^ Back to Discography
Classical Music Home

Welcome to Naxos Records

Email Password  
Not a subscriber yet?  
Keyword Search


The contralto Maria Olszewska was born in Donauwörth, Bavaria, in 1892. After studying in Munich she sang in Leipzig, Hamburg, Munich, Vienna, and Buenos Aires. Following her Covent Garden début in 1924 she sang there regularly for eight years, her gloriously rich, dark voice and dramatic temperament particularly suiting roles such as Erda, Fricka, Brangäne, Azucena, and Octavian. Olszewska's American career began in Chicago in 1928, and she first sang at the Met in 1933, remaining there for three seasons. After the war Olszewska became a professor at the Vienna Conservatory. She died in Klagenfurt, Southern Austria, in 1969.

Albums featuring this artist are available for download from ClassicsOnline.com
Role: Classical Artist 
Album Title  Catalogue No  Work Category 

 View Albums

Naxos Records, a member of the Naxos Music Group