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ELISABETH SCHWARZKOPF

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf was born at Jarotschin, near Poznan, on 9 December 1915. Her teachers in Berlin included the Lieder singer Lula Mysz-Gmeiner, the coloratura soprano Maria Ivogun and the latter’s husband, the pianist Michael Raucheisen. This training predisposed Schwarzkopf towards the kind of career she later followed, alternating opera with concert and recital work. Having made her début in 1938 as a flower maiden in Parsifal at the Berlin Municipal Opera, she progressed to being a member of the Vienna State Opera from 1944, first coming to Britain in 1947 with that company. Thereafter she was one of the best-known singers in the world, and marriage to Walter Legge led to his using her in myriad recording projects, both suitable (Mozart, Strauss) and unsuitable (two versions of the Verdi Requiem). She also recorded many Lieder. Few singers have so violently polarised opinion but, love her or hate her, she has always been a class act. She died at her home in Schruns on the Austrian-Swiss border on 3 August 2006, age 90.


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Role: Classical Artist 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BACH, J.S.: Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 (Schwarzkopf, Gedda, Karajan) (1952-1953) Naxos Historical
8.111053-54
Choral - Sacred
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9 (Furtwangler) (1951) Naxos Historical
8.111060
Orchestral
BRAHMS, J.: Deutsches Requiem (Ein) (Schwarzkopf, Hotter, Karajan) (1947) Naxos Historical
8.111038
Choral - Sacred
CLASSIC ARCHIVE: Celebrating Strauss (Blu-ray, HD) Ideale Audience
3075054
Opera DVD, Classical Concert
CLASSIC ARCHIVE: Celebrating Strauss (NTSC) Ideale Audience
3075058
Opera DVD, Classical Concert
CLASSIC ARCHIVE: Celebrating Verdi (Blu-ray, HD) Ideale Audience
3079084
Opera DVD
CLASSIC ARCHIVE: Celebrating Verdi (NTSC) Ideale Audience
3079088
Opera DVD
CLASSIC ARCHIVE: Elizabeth Schwarzkopf (NTSC) EuroArts
3085268
Classical Concert
CORNELIUS, P.: Barber of Bagdad (The) (Schwarzkopf, Gedda, Leinsdorf) (1956) / WEBER, C.M.: Abu Hassan (Schwarzkopf, Witte, Ludwig) (1944) Naxos Historical
8.111337-38
Opera
HUMPERDINCK: Hansel und Gretel (Schwarzkopf, Karajan) (1953) Naxos Historical
8.110897-98
Opera
LEHAR: Land des Lachelns (Das) (Ackermann, Schwarzkopf) (1953) and excerpts from Lehar Operettas Naxos Historical
8.111016-17
Operetta
LEHAR: Merry Widow (The) (Schwartzkopf, Kunz, Gedda) (1953) Naxos Historical
8.111007
Operetta
MOZART, W.A.: Così fan tutte [Opera] (Schwarzkopf, Merriman, Milan La Scala Chorus and Orchestra, Cantelli) (1956) La Scala Memories
9788865440100
Opera
MOZART: Cosi fan tutte (Schwarzkopf, Otto, Karajan) (1954) Naxos Historical
8.111232-34
Opera
PUCCINI, G.: Turandot (Callas, Fernandi, Schwarzkopf, La Scala, Serafin) (1957) Naxos Historical
8.111334-35
Opera
PURCELL: Dido and Aeneas (Flagstad, Schwarzkopf, Hemsley) (1952) Naxos Historical
8.111264
Opera
SCHUBERT: Lieder (Schwarzkopf) (1952-1954) Naxos Historical
8.111287
Vocal, Opera, Vocal
STRAUSS II, J.: Die Fledermaus (The Bat) (Schwarzkopf, Gedda, Karajan) (1955) Naxos Historical
8.111036-37
Operetta
STRAUSS II, J.: Nacht in Venedig (Eine) (Schwarzkopf, Gedda) (1954) Naxos Historical
8.111254
Operetta
STRAUSS II, J.: Wiener Blut (Schwarzkopf, Gedda, Ackermann) (1954) Naxos Historical
8.111257
Operetta
STRAUSS II, J.: Zigeunerbaron (Der) (The Gypsy Baron) (Schwarzkopf, Gedda, Ackermann) (1954) Naxos Historical
8.111329-30
Opera
STRAUSS, R.: Capriccio (Schwarzkopf, Wachter, Gedda, Fischer-Dieskau, Hotter, Ludwig, Philharmonia Orchestra, Sawallisch) (1957-1958) Naxos Historical
8.112034-35
Opera
STRAUSS, R.: Four Last Songs / Arabella (highlights) (Schwarzkopf, Ackermann, Matacic) (1953, 1954) Naxos Historical
8.111145
Opera, Vocal
STRAUSS, R: Ariadne auf Naxos (Schwarzkopf, Streich, Karajan) (1954) Naxos Historical
8.111033-34
Opera
VERDI: Messa da Requiem (Schwarzkopf, Di Stefano, De Sabata) (1954) Naxos Historical
8.111049-50
Choral - Sacred
WAGNER, R.: Meistersinger von Nurnberg (Die) (Karajan) (1951) Naxos Historical
8.110872-75
Opera
WALTON, W.: Troilus and Cressida (excerpts) (Schwarzkopf, Walton) (1955) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80131
Opera





 
 
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