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Elisabeth Rethberg

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Voice: Soprano
Nationality: German
Year of Birth: Not entered yet.
Year of Death: 1976

About Elisabeth Rethberg:

The German soprano Elisabeth Rethberg (22 September 1894 – 6 June 1976) was an opera singer of international repute active from the period of the First World War through to the early 1940s.

Rethberg was born Lisbeth Sättler in Schwarzenberg. She studied at the conservatory in Dresden with Otto Watrin, and she made her operatic debut in that German city opposite Richard Tauber on 16 June 1915 as Arsena in the operetta Der Zigeunerbaron by Johann Strauss II.

Rethberg sang with the Dresden Opera until 1922. In that year, she made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Aida in Giuseppe Verdi's opera of that name. She moved to the USA and remained with the Metropolitan for 20 seasons, singing 30 roles on stage and in the recording studio, opposite tenor colleagues such as Beniamino Gigli, Giovanni Martinelli and Giacomo Lauri-Volpi. She also was engaged by London's Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where she sang in 1925 and in 1934-1939. The Salzburg Festival in Austria heard her too, as did audiences in Milan and elsewhere in Europe. Rethberg returned often to Dresden where, in 1928, she created the title role in Richard Strauss's Die ägyptische Helena.

During the latter half of the 1930s, Rethberg's voice lost some of its luster, owing perhaps to the frequent singing of Aida and other heavier roles. She retired from the stage in 1942.

She made recordings of arias and ensemble pieces in Germany and the United States between 1921 and the outbreak of the Second World War. Many of these are available on LP and CD transfers.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
61Quest obi pomposa Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.12-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cio-Cio/Pinkerton
62Il doge ed il senato salutano Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.14-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Desdemona/Lodovico/Otello
63Chi veggo Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 3.05-2

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Maria (Amelia)/Simon/Gabriele/Fiesco
64Dite, Mamma Lucia Popularity:

Opera: Cavalleria RusticanaComposer: MascagniAct: 1.07

Type: duetVoice: S cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Santuzza/Lucia
65Calmatevi idol mio! Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.16

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ottavio/Anna
66Te sol te sol quest anima Popularity:

Opera: AttilaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.04

Type: trioVoice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Odabella/Foresto/Ezio
67All'armi all'armi o Liguri Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 2.06

Type: Voice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Maria (Amelia)/Gabriele/Simon
68Se inconscia contro te sposo Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 2.09-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Desdemona/Otello
69Calma come la tomba Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 4.06-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S T MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Desdemona/Otello/Emilia
70Quell innocente un fremito Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.17

Type: quartetVoice: Mz T T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Emilia/Cassio/Roderigo/Lodovico
71Se a caso madama la notte di chiama Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 1.04

Type: duetVoice: S B-BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Susanna/Figaro
72Ah! dove il perfido Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.21

Type: recitativeVoice: S S T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira/Zerlina/Ottavio/Masetto
73Figlia a tal nome io palpito Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 1.08-1

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Simon/Maria (Amelia)
74Qual volutta trascorre Popularity:

Opera: Lombardi Prima CrociataComposer: VerdiAct: 3.07

Type: recitativeVoice: T S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Oronte/Giselda/Pagano (Hermit)
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