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Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano)

Born: June 13, 1888 - Merseburg, Germany
Died: April 23, 1952 - New York, NY, USA

The celebrated and beloved German-born American soprano, Elisabeth Schumann, was trained for a singing career in Berlin and Dresden.

Elisabeth Schumann made her stage debut in Hamburg in 1909, singing the role of the Shepherd in Wagner’s Tannhäusser. She remained in Hamburg for seven years, adding many of the roles which were to make her famous, including Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Blondchen in The Abduction from the Seraglio, Eva in Die Meistersinger and especially Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier. She was a member of both the Vienna and Covent Garden Opera companies, and a fixture at the Salzburg Festival, singing until 1937. With the threat of war hanging in the air, Schumann left Europe and came to America, where she was a welcome addition to the faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

It is difficult for modern listeners to appreciate the full scope of Elisabeth Schumann's art, because much of her enchantment was due to her charm and stage manner. While the voice of Lotte Lehmann seems to leap out of the speakers, Schumann was a much more introverted talent.

Elisabeth Schumann’s many recitals of German Lieder in this country won her a vast public, and her silvery voice, lovely stage personality and infectious charm placed her in that rare category of artists that are not only admired, but loved.



Source: The Vocal Resource Website; Miss Joy Puritz (June 2004)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (May 2001, June 2004)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works

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Works

Karl Alwin

Soprano

Aria from BWV 159, BWV 244

Albert Coates

Soprano

BWV 232 (1st complete recording)

Bruno Reibold

Soprano

BWV 202

Leo Rosenek

Soprano

BWV 508

Links to other Sites

Elisabeth Schumann (The Vocal Resource)
Elisabeth Schumann (b. 1885, d. 1952)

Elisabeth Schumann Website

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