Personalities | Elisabeth Schumann | Turn of the Century | Opera
Soprano Schumann made her debut in the Neues Stadt-Theater in Hamburg in 1909 and stayed there until 1919. Richard Strauss persuaded her to join the Vienna Staatsoper where she remained until 1938. She made her Covent Garden debut in 1924 as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier. From 1938 she took up residence in New York where she had already performed many times. Schumann had a high, delicate soprano voice which was particularly well-suited to Strauss and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–91), and she also became known for performing in Wagner’s operas; having debuted in Tannhäuser she also won acclaim for the role of Eva in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.
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