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Olga Maria Elisabeth Frederike Schwarzkopf (Jarotschin (Jarocin,PosenPoland now), 9 december 1915 - Schruns (Austria), August 3, 2006) was a German soprano singer, who later adopted the British nationality . She was married to the British record producer Walter Legge.


[hide]*1 Career


After the Musikhochschule Berlin to have to go through, they debuted in 1938 as a flower girl in Wagner's last operaParsifal. A short time later, she became a member of the NSDAP, acted inmovies Heimat-and sang for the SS on the Eastern front. That came her later on a long boycott in the United States .

There are many recordings of hair, which several experts are counted among the most beautiful opera roles or interpretations of songs that been incurred to date-perhaps matched, but never surpassed. She was known for its extraordinarily beautiful voice that they with great virtuosity and with a relentless pursuit of perfection used.They radiated an inviolable artistry , with a high voice marked by the total technical perfection in expression and recitation. The rare criticism ever was practiced, be on as large a focus on the technique of singing, that direct emotional impact of the gezongene it may have what deficit came.

In particular excelled Schwarzkopf in works of MozartRichard Strauss (four last songs), Hugo Wolf and Stravinsky (The Rake's Progress). Schwarzkopf kept after finishing her singing career still regularly master classes, in which they sometimes merciless criticism of young singers. They turned out to be an awful strict mistress for among others the Dutch singers Charlotte MargionoMiranda van Kralingen and Nico van der Meel.

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf died aged 90 in Austria.


Queen Elizabeth II appointed her in 1992 to Dame Commander in the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (DBE). Thus it acquired personal, non-hereditary nobility and became "Dame Elisabeth". In Germany she was chosen in the order Pour le Mérite .


  • Elisabeth Schwarzkopf was very aware of her vocal qualities. In the BBCradio programme Desert Island Discs (plates for a desert island), where guest of the week eight boards may choose to take in exile to a desert island, she chose eight of her own recordings.
  • Modern opera directors could not support its adoption: Peter Sellars 's name should not be mentioned in her presence.

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