Maria Ivogün, Hungarian Soprano – Classical Music and Musicians


Maria Ivogün
November 18, 1891–October 3, 1987

Maria Ivogün was the main coloratura soprano of German opera within the interval between the World Wars. She was born Maria Kempner in Budapest on Nov. 18, 1891. Her stage identify was a development primarily based on the identify of her mom, Ida von Gunther, a widely known operetta singer.

Ivogün made her debut as Mimi in ”La Boheme” in 1913, beneath the route of Bruno Walter in Munich. She shortly grew to become one of the crucial in style singers on the German scene, a place she maintained for twenty years. Visitor appearances took her to the main opera homes of New York, Chicago, London and Milan. Her creative residence base remained Munich till 1925, when she adopted Walter to Berlin.

Her principal roles had been Susanna in ”The Marriage of Figaro,” the Queen of the Night time in ”The Magic Flute” and the main feminine components in ”The Barber of Seville,” ”Rigoletto,” ”Don Pasquale” and different operas. She was the primary to sing Zerbinetta within the revised model of Richard Strauss’ ”Ariadne auf Naxos.”

On the time of her second marriage she retired from singing and commenced an extended and notable profession as a instructor. Amongst her many profitable pupils had been the sopranos Rita Streich and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. The latter maintained shut contact with Ivogün and continued to seek the advice of her on pedagogical points to the tip of her life.


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