Luise Szabó

Luise SzabóVery little is known about the short career of the Hungarian coloratura-soprano, Szabó Lujza (Luise Szabó). Born in Budapest in 1904 she studied at the local Music Academy and made her debut in 1927 at the National Opera House in Budapest. She caused quite a sensation as Queen of the Night in “Die Zauberflöte” at the Städtische Oper, Berlin in 1931 under the baton of Bruno Walter. Szabó also interpreted this role in the same year in Amsterdam as well as for German Broadcast. In Hungary the soprano recorded her Hungarian repertory for HMV, in Berlin she did 12 titles in German for “Ultraphon” – some of the latter ones have also been published under the Austrian label “Kalliope”. Before Luise Szabó`s career had even reached its zenith the singer died during an operation in Budapest on November 19th 1934. There was no family relationship with the soprano Ilonka Szabó.