Lisa Della Casa

Singer details:

Voice: Soprano
Nationality: Swiss
Year of Birth: 1919
Year of Death: 2012

About Lisa Della Casa:

Lisa Della Casa (2 February 1919 – 10 December 2012) was a Swiss soprano most admired for her interpretations of major heroines in operas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Richard Strauss, and of German lieder. She was also described as “the most beautiful woman on the operatic stage”.

Della Casa was born in Burgdorf, Switzerland to an Italian-Swiss father, Francesco Della Casa, and a Bavarian-born mother, Margarete Mueller. She began studying singing at the age of 15 at the Zurich Conservatory, and her teachers included Margarete Haeser.

She made her operatic debut in the title role of Puccini's Madama Butterfly at Solothurn-Biel Municipal Theater in 1940. She joined the ensemble of Zurich Municipal Opera House in 1943 (staying there until 1950) and sang various parts, from the Queen of the Night in Mozart's The Magic Flute to Dorabella in Così fan tutte. Later she sang Fiordiligi. She sang the part of Zdenka in the performance of Richard Strauss's Arabella at Zurich Municipal Opera House alongside Maria Cebotari's Arabella in 1946. Cebotari recognized her talent and introduced her at the Salzburg Festival in 1947, where she sang Zdenka again in a production starring Maria Reining and Hans Hotter. After the premiere performance, Strauss himself commented, "The little Della Casa will one day be Arabella!" ("Die Kleine Della Casa wird eines Tages Arabella sein!"). That same year on 18 October, she made her debut at the Vienna State Opera House, singing the part of Nedda in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci. Soon she moved to Vienna and joined the ensemble of the Vienna State Opera House. In 1949, she made her debut at La Scala in Milan as Sophie in Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier and Marzelline in Beethoven's Fidelio. Victor de Sabata, the musical director of La Scala at that time, tried to persuade her to move to La Scala, but she chose to remain in Vienna.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Sull aria Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 3.14-1

Type: duetVoice: S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Susanna/Rosina
2Voi che sapete Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 2.04

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cherubino
3Se pieta di me non senti Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 2.14

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cleopatra
4Ah! guarda sorella Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.07

Type: duetVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fiordiligi/Dorabella
5Porgi amor qualche ristoro Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 2.01

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rosina
6Batti batti bel Masetto Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.22

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Zerlina
7Mi tradi quell'alma ingrata Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.13

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira
8Ah! chi mi dice mai Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.06-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira/Leporello/Giovanni
9Ah! fuggi il traditor! Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.14

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira
10L'ho perduta me meschina Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 4.01

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Barbarina
11Mir ist so wunderbar Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.06

Type: quartetVoice: S S B TLanguage: German

Roles: Marzelline/Leonore/Rocco/Jaquino
12Cinque..dieci..venti Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 1.02

Type: duetVoice: B-Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Figaro/Susanna
13Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren Popularity:

Opera: Rosenkavalier, DerComposer: StraussAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: German

Roles: Octavian
14Venite inginocchiatevi Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 2.06

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Susanna
15Che soave zeffiretto Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 3.14-2

Type: duetVoice: S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Susanna/Rosina
16Bimba dagli occhi pieni di malia Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.12-2

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cio-Cio/Pinkerton
17Ah! che tutta in un momento Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.35

Type: duetVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fiordiligi/Dorabella
18Per pieta ben mio perdona Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.13

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fiordiligi
19Crudel perche finora Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 3.02

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Susanna/Count
20Prendero quel brunettino Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.04

Type: duetVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fiordiligi/Dorabella
21Einsam in trüben Tagen Popularity:

Opera: LohengrinComposer: WagnerAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Elsa
22E Susanna non vien.. Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 3.10

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rosina
23Fuggi crudele fuggi Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.04-3

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna/Ottavio
24Das war sehr gut Mandryka Popularity:

Opera: ArabellaComposer: StraussAct: 3

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: German

Roles: Mandryka/Arabella
25Contessa perdono Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 4.15-3

Type: ensemble,septet,finaleVoice: Br S S B-Br Mz S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count/Rosina/Susanna/Figaro/Cherubino/Marcellina/Bartolo/Basilio
26Abscheulicher wo eilst du hin Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.13-1

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Leonore
27Il capro e la capretta Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 4.03

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Marcellina
28Aprite presto aprite Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 2.11

Type: duetVoice: Mz SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cherubino/Susanna
29Che puro ciel Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo ed EuridiceComposer: GluckAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
30Alla bella Despinetta Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.26

Type: sextetVoice: B Br T S Mz SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfonso/Guglielmo/Ferrando/Despina/Dorabella/Fiordiligi
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