• Sabine Kalter

    Sabine Kalter

    There were times, especially during the early years of our century, when the Volksoper of Vienna was held in greater esteem than the Court Opera House. Its director, Rainer Simons, had one great advantage over his colleague at the Court Opera: he possessed an unerring …

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  • Elisabeth Ohms

    Elisabeth Ohms

    Like Lotte Lehmann, Frida Leider, Elisabeth Schumann, Heinrich Schlusnus and Friedrich Schorr, Elisabeth Ohms, too, was born in 1888 – to be more precise on May 17th in Arnhem, The Netherlands. She studied violin and piano and only at the age of 28 decided to become …

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  • Aline Sanden

    Aline Sanden

    „What I saw was not just any Carmen but  the  Carmen. Every operatic pose retreated into the background and revealed the essence of a woman half demon half driven by physical desires whose blazing intensity reached even the remotest seat in the audience. One had …

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  • Cesare Siepi

    Cesare Siepi

    Cesare Siepi was born in Milan on February 10th 1923. As he himself repeatedly stated, he was largely self-taught and only for a short time attended the Conservatory of Milan. In 1941 he gave his stage debut in the part of Sparafucile in „Rigoletto“ in …

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  • Umberto Urbano

    Umberto Urbano

    Those who consider records provide exact and reliable documentary evidence of the history of singing will often be surprised: there are names one repeatedly encounters in the cast lists of major international opera houses but who have left either no records at all or just …

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