The German lyric soprano, Elfriede Trötschel, had a short, but versatile and successful career. As well as taking many leading roles at the Dresden State Opera, she was also a successful concert singer.
Elfriede Trötschel began her career as a member of the Dresden Opera choir and became a soloist in 1933 after being selected by the Opera’s director, Karl Böhm. Her many roles on the operatic stage included Lola, Gretel, Esmeralda, Zerlina, Blondchen, Marie, Susanna, Nannetta, Zdenka, Jenufa, Donna Elvira, Bastienne, Oskar, Papagena, Marzelline, Sophie, Mimi and Madame Butterfly. She sang at the Salzburg Festival in 1941 and at the Berlin State Opera in 1950. In 1950 she sang Susanna at the Edinburgh and Glyndebourne Festivals, sang at the Vienna State Opera in 1952 and appeared at Convent Garden in 1953 in Strauss’s Arabella. Trötschel performed with some of the great conductors of the 20th century, such as Fritz Stiedry, Wilhelm Furtwangler, Clemens Krauss, Joseph Keilberth, Eugen Jochum, Rudolf Kempe, Otto Klemperer, Karl Böhm and Fricsay.
Elfriede Trötschel's recordings include Monteverdi’s Orfeo as Euridice (conducted by Helmut Koch), Weber’s Der Freischütz (as Agathe) under Rudolf Kempe, Goetz’s The Taming of the Shrew, Haydn’s The Seasons (conducted by Fricsay), Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier (under Ferdinand Leitner), Orff’s Carmina Burana (directed by Eugen Jochum) and J.S. Bach's Matthäus-Passion (BWV 244) (with Fritz Lehmann).