|Year of Birth:||1919|
|Year of Death:||2005|
Hedwig Mathilde Plümacher (3 December 1919 – 3 June 2005) was a German operatic mezzo-soprano and contralto) who appeared on stage as Hetty Plümacher. A long-term member of the Staatstheater Stuttgart, she also performed at international festivals and major opera houses. She made recordings including rhose of complete operas.
Hedwig Mathilde Plümacher was born in Solingen, She studied voice at the Musikhochschule Köln. After her first engagement in Oslo in 1943, she was member of the ensemble of the Staatstheater Stuttgart from 1946 to 1976. She often performed in Munich and Vienna, but gradually also at all major European opera houses. She appeared at the Salzburg Festival from 1963 to 1965, at the Bayreuth Festival from 1953 to 1957, and at the Schwetzingen Festival in 1957.
Her main roles were initially in operas by Mozart and Richard Strauss, later she also played dramatic roles in Wagner operas. She was also a sought-after concert soloist for the Passions by Johann Sebastian Bach, the oratorios by Handel and Felix Mendelssohn, and Verdi's Requiem.
After leaving the stage she taught as a professor at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart.
When she married her name was Hedwig Mathilde Lipp. Half a year after her 85th birthday, she died at her long-time residence in Steinenbronn. Her grave is in Dettenhausen.