Personalities | Elisabeth Schwarzkopf DBE | Modern Era | Opera

1915–2006, German

The great soprano Olga Maria Elisabeth Friederike Schwarzkopf was perhaps one of the greatest Mozart singers of the twentieth century. Trained as a mezzo before becoming a coloratura soprano and joining Berlin’s Deutsche Oper in 1938, she was signed to an EMI recording contract by producer Walter Legge in 1946. Legge, who subsequently became her husband and manager, pointed out that she sang in too many different styles; she eventually focused on Mozart and Strauss roles. An artist of great musical intelligence, Schwarzkopf was sometimes prone to vocal and textual mannerisms. She was the first Anne Trulove in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress.

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