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Maria Stader (Soprano)

Born: November 5, 1911 - Budapest, Hungary
Died: April 27, 1999 - Zürich, Switzerland

The class of concert sopranos of the highest rank, long to be considered a vanished race, has found a worthy representative in the Hungarian-born Swiss soprano, Maria Stader, a favourite soloist of many of the world’s greatest conductors. This is not to say that the world of opera was outside the range of her art. Recordings preserve a long series of her beautiful interpretations of J.S. Bach and W.A. Mozart to Gluck and Puccini. These recordings, numbering over sixty works, have made her well-known to even the most remote areas of the world, illuminating most clearly all the virtues of her uniquely pure and flexible voice, with its bright radiance, beauty and warmth which make it ideal for oratorios and Lieder recitals, commanding the lyrical sphere as surely as that of a coloratura. During the 1960’s she also built up a splendid reputation as a Lieder singer.

Maria Stader studied voice with Keller in Karlsruhe, Durigo in Zürich, Lombardi in Milan, and T. Schnabel in New York. She came to the notice of the public by winning first Prize as ‘I. Concourse international d’execution musicale the Genève’ in 1939.

After a brief career as an opera singer, Maria Stader devoted herself to a distinguished concert career after World War II. She appeared in practically every major musical festival throughout the world. She first came to the attention of the American music public when she was invited by Pablo Casals to appear at the Prades Festivals. In the USA she appeared repeatedly with all the major orchestras as well as on television. Her appearances included the Philadelphia Orchestra in Philadelphia and New York, the Chicago Symphony, as well as Master Classes and recitals at the Aspen Music Festival. Maria Stader also completed a very successful tours through South America and the Far East.

This impeccably stylistic interpreter of W.A. Mozart, in both operatic and concert settings, was awarded the Lilly Lehmann Medal, the Silver Mozart Medal from the city of Salzburg, the Austrian Order of Merit for Arts and Sciences as well as the Hans Georg Neagell Gold Medal from the city of Zürich.

Maria Stader published her autobiography Nehmt meinen Dank (Take my thanks) in 1979 and gave her final concert in 1969 at Zürich, at which one of her accompanists was the famous Hungarian pianist Geza Anda. Stader also taught voice in Zürich and published a text book on J.S. Bach arias that was translated into English in 1968.

Source: Programme notes to a recital of Maria Stader and Franz Rupp, performed at the City Hall Theatre, Hamilton (April 1969); Obituary - Maria Stader, Independent, May 3, 1999; Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of 20th Century Classical Musicians (1997); Johannes Honigmann (August 2006)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (May 2001); Eric Spicer (June 2001)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Jean-Marie Auberson


BWV 57, BWV 243

Pablo Casals


BWV 202

Theodor Egel


BWV 232 [not yet released]

Bernard Goodman


BWV 202

Vittorio Gui


BWV 57

Rudolf Mauersberger


BWV 232

Helmut Müller-Brühl


BWV 199, BWV 209

Hans Münch


BWV 245

Karl Münchinger


Radio: BWV 243 [1st]

Walter Reinhart


BWV 243

Karl Richter


BWV 51, BWV 202, BWV 232 [2nd], BWV 243 [1st]
Arias from
BWV 244, BWV 245

Ljubomir Romansky


BWV 244 [4th]

August Wenzinger


G.F. Handel: Brockes Passion, HWV 48

Johannes Zentner


Radio: BWV 11, BWV 51, BWV 243

Links to other Sites

Maria Stader dead at 88 (CNN)
CBC Infoculture: Soprano Maria Stader dies at 88

Discography of Maria Stader (Jacob Harnoy)

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