Elisabeth von Magnus

Singer details:

Voice: Mezzo
Nationality: Austrian
Year of Birth: 1954

About Elisabeth von Magnus:

Elisabeth von Magnus (née Countess Elisabeth Juliana de la Fontaine und d'Harnoncourt-Unverzagt; born 29 May 1954 in Vienna) is an Austrian classical mezzo-soprano. The daughter of conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt and violinist Alice Harnoncourt, her professional name comes from her first marriage to Ernst-Jürgen von Magnus. She studied recorder in Vienna, theater at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and voice with Hertha Töpper at the Conservatory of Munich. Her other teachers have included Paul Schilhawsky. Early in her career, she performed as a recorder soloist with the Concentus Musicus Wien. She has also worked for ORF as a presenter and announcer.

von Magnus appeared at the Salzburg Festival first in 1993 in Mozart's Great Mass in C minor as well as in L'incoronazione di Poppea and Vespro della Beata Vergine 1610 of Monteverdi. She took part in several projects with Nikolaus Harnoncourt, such as a production of Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro staged by Jürgen Flimm in Amsterdam. Her US debut in 1991 was in Bach’s St Matthew Passion with the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Peter Schreier.

Her recordings include participation in the complete vocal works of Johann Sebastian Bach with Ton Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir. She has also appeared in recordings for such labels as Teldec and Deutsche Harmonia Mundi.

Her marriage to Ernst-Jürgen von Magnus, from 1981 to 1999, produced three children, and ended in divorce. In 1999, she married the tenor and choral conductor Simon Schouten. Outside of performance, Elisabeth von Magnus also serves as Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Art and International Affairs at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz, since the summer of 2012.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1The Queen of Carthage Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.03

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles: Sorceress
2Ruin'd ere the set of sun Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.05

Type: recitativeVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles: Sorceress
3Ach meine Herrn und Damen Popularity:

Opera: Fledermaus, DieComposer: Strauss jrAct: 2.05

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz Br SLanguage: German

Roles: Orlofsky/Falke/Adele
4Wir winden dir den Jungfernkranz Popularity:

Opera: Freischütz, DerComposer: WeberAct: 3.07

Type: choirVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Four bridesmaids
5But ere we this perform Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.06

Type: duetVoice: Mz MzLanguage: English

Roles: First Witch/Second Witch
6Ah! Belinda I am prest Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 1.03

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Dido
7When I am laid in earth (Dido's Lament) Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.10

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Dido
8Spiel ich die Unschuld vom Lande Popularity:

Opera: Fledermaus, DieComposer: Strauss jrAct: 3.04

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Adele
9Stay well Popularity:

Opera: Lost in the StarsComposer: WeillAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles:
10Siam navi all onde algenti Popularity:

Opera: OlympiadeComposer: VivaldiAct:

Type: Voice: contraltoLanguage: Italian

Roles:
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