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Elisabeth SCHWARZKOPF, singer (now Austrian/British nationality). Medal, Salzburg 1950; Order of Dannebrog (1st Class) (Denmark). Academy, di Santa Cecilia, Rome, Academy, of Arts and Letters, Stockholm, R.A.M.; Ordre pour le Merite, (Federation Republic of Germany) 1983.

Background

SCHWARZKOPF, Elisabeth was born on December 9, 1915 in Jarotschin. Daughter of Friedrich and Elisabeth (née Frohlich) Schwarzkopf.

Education

Student, Berlin Hochschule für Musik, 1934. Private studies with Maria Ivogün. Doctor of Music (honorary), Cambridge University.

Career

Debut in Parsifal 1938. Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos 1941. Sang at inauguration of post-war Bayreuth Festival.

Since 1947 principal soprano at Vienna State Opera, La Scala Milan, Covent Garden, San Francisco. Metropolitan Opera, New York 1964-1966. Guest singer, Salzburg Festival 1947-1964.

Created Anne Trulove in Stravinsky’s Rake's Progress. Principle roles include Contessa, Le nozze di Figaro, Marschallin, Rosenkavalier, Fiordiligi, Cosi fan Tutte, Eva, Meistersinger, Donna Elvira, Don Giovanni, Grafin, Capriccio, etc. Producer Der Rosenkavalier, Brussels 1981.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Walter Legge: On and Off the Record, A Memoir 1982. Leisxcre interests: tennis, mountain walking.

Membership

Academy, di Santa Cecilia, Rome, Academy, of Arts and Letters, Stockholm, R.A.M. Ordre pour le Merite, (Federation Republic of Germany) 1983.

Connections

Married Walter Legge, 1953 (deceased 1979).

father:
Friedrich

mother:
Elisabeth (née Frohlich) Schwarzkopf

spouse:
Walter Legge