Personalities | Elisabeth Grümmer | Modern Era | Opera
Possessing a pure, ringing voice that could sing anything from Mozart to Wagner, this German soprano carved out a special place for herself in the operatic world. After starting out as an actress, she married violinist Detlev Grümmer, who became concert master at Aachen opera house, under Herbert von Karajan. The maestro heard her singing at a party and engaged her for a part at the opera house. Grümmer’s success led to numerous engagements, including Bayreuth, the Salzburg Festival and Glyndebourne. She sang with all the legendary conductors of her day and became legendary within musical circles for her superlative performances of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and Agathe in Der Freischütz.
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