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Friedel Beckmann (Mezzo-soprano)

Born: 1901 - Bochum, Germany
Died: November 1983 - Bochum, Germany

The German mezzo-soprano, Friedel Beckmann, was a pupil of Clemens Pabelick and Clemens Glettenberg in Essen, before six-year training at the Conservatory of Bochum.

Friedel Beckmann was engaged from 1926 to 1929 at the Stadttheater of Münster (Westphalia), from 1929 to 1930 at the Theater of Königsberg (East Prussia), from 1930 to 1934 at the Stadttheater of Duisburg, from 1937 to 1938 at the Stadttheater of Kiel. Since 1939 she had important successes at the Stadttheater of Kiel, where she sang until 1941. Later she still appeared up to 1944. At the same time she was considered an outstanding concert and oratorio soloist.

On the stage Friedel Beckmann was admired particularly as Carmen and as Orpheus. She sang also soprano roles, above all Wagner roles (Elizabeth in Tannhäuser, Sieglinde), in addition Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Octavian in Rosenkavalier, Magdalena in Evangelimann by W. Kienzl, Preziosilla in Verdiís La forza del destino, Giulietta in Hoffmanns Erzählungen, Mignon of A. Thomas, Tatjana in Eugen Onegin and Giorgetta in Pucciniís Il Tabarro. She had big successes also in the tonfilm.

After World War II, Friedel Beckmann lived in Köln, where she still appeared in the concert hall in the years 1946-1948, among other things as soloist in Matthäus-Passion (BWV 244).

Recordings: Label HMV (including alto solo in Matthäus-Passion (BWV 244)). Unpublished recordings from 1943 were later printed on Preiser.

Source: Operissimo Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (May 2004)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (May 2004); Manfred Krugmann (Dates & Photo 01, May 2011; Photo 02, January 2013)

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