Rita Streich

Singer details:

Voice: Soprano
Nationality: German
Year of Birth: 1920
Year of Death: 1987

About Rita Streich:

Rita Streich (December 18, 1920 – March 20, 1987) was one of the most admired and recorded lyric coloratura sopranos of the post-war period.

Rita Streich was born in Barnaul, southern Siberia, in the Russian part of what was then the Soviet Union, to a German father who had been a prisoner of war there, and a Russian mother. She moved to Germany with her parents during her childhood. She grew up speaking both German and Russian fluently, something that was extremely helpful during her later career. Among her teachers were Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender, Erna Berger and Maria Ivogün.

She made her debut in opera during the Second World War at the Stadttheater of Aussig, now Ústí nad Labem in Bohemia, in the role of Zerbinetta in Richard Strauss' opera Ariadne auf Naxos, in 1943. Three years later she secured her first engagement at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin, where she sang until 1952. In that year she moved to Bayreuth, in 1953 to Vienna, and in 1954 to Salzburg. Appearances at La Scala in Milan and at the Covent Garden followed.

In 1974, she taught at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen and the Music Academy in Vienna. She gave master classes during the Salzburg Festival in 1983, four years before her death in Vienna.

Her repertoire included roles in Idomeneo, Così fan tutte, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Die Zauberflöte, Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Der Rosenkavalier, Siegfried (the Forest Bird) and others. Since she had grown up bilingual, she could also sing Rimsky-Korsakov in the original Russian almost without accent. She was also active in operetta. She made recordings of many classical Viennese operettas, for instance Die Fledermaus, Eine Nacht in Venedig, Der Zigeunerbaron, Boccaccio, Der Bettelstudent and Der Zarewitsch.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1O mio babbino caro Popularity:

Opera: Gianni SchicchiComposer: PucciniAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lauretta
2Sull aria Popularity:

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

Type: duetVoice: S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Susanna/Rosina
3Quando m'en vo (Musetta's Waltz) Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 2.08

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Musetta/Alcindoro/Mimì/Rodolfo/Colline/Marcello/Schaunard
4La ci darem la mano Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.12

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Zerlina/Giovanni
5Les oiseaux dans la charmille (Doll Song) Popularity:

Opera: Contes d'Hoffmann, LesComposer: OffenbachAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Olympia
6Ou va la jeune hindoue (Bell Song) Popularity:

Opera: LakméComposer: DelibesAct: 2.08-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Lakmé
7Mein Herr Marquis (Laughing Song) Popularity:

Opera: Fledermaus, DieComposer: Strauss jrAct: 2.06

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Adele
8Il dolce suono Popularity:

Opera: Lucia di LammermoorComposer: DonizettiAct: 3.05-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lucia
9Tu che di gel sei cinta Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 3.07

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Liù
10Signore ascolta! Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 1.13

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Liù
11Merce dilette amiche Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 5.02

Type: aria,choirVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elena
12Abends will ich schlafen gehn Popularity:

Opera: Hänsel und GretelComposer: HumperdinckAct: 2.04-2

Type: duetVoice: Mz SLanguage: German

Roles: Hansel/Gretel
13Un moto di gioia Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 2.06-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Susanna
14O zittre nicht mein lieber Sohn Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.08

Type: recitative,ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Queen
15Ruhe sanft mein holdes Leben Popularity:

Opera: Zaide (Das Serail)Composer: MozartAct: 1.03

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Zaide
16Batti batti bel Masetto Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.22

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Zerlina
17Bei Männern welche Liebe fühlen Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.15

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: German

Roles: Pamina/Papageno
18Ah! fuggi il traditor! Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.14

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira
19Sul fil d'un soffio etesio Popularity:

Opera: FalstaffComposer: VerdiAct: 3.09

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nannetta
20Cinque..dieci..venti Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 1.02

Type: duetVoice: B-Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Figaro/Susanna
21Non piu di fiori Popularity:

Opera: Clemenza di Tito, LaComposer: MozartAct: 2.21

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Vitellia
22Durch Zartlichkeit und Schmeicheln Popularity:

Opera: Entführung aus dem Serail, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.02

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Blonde
23Dis moi que je suis belle Popularity:

Opera: ThaisComposer: MassenetAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Thaïs
24Klänge der Heimat Popularity:

Opera: Fledermaus, DieComposer: Strauss jrAct: 2.11

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Rosalinde
25So anch'io la virtu magica Popularity:

Opera: Don PasqualeComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.13

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norina
26Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren Popularity:

Opera: Rosenkavalier, DerComposer: StraussAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: German

Roles: Octavian
27Wie nahte mir der Schlummer Popularity:

Opera: Freischütz, DerComposer: WeberAct: 2.05-1

Type: recitative,ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Agathe
28Venite inginocchiatevi Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 2.06

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Susanna
29Hm! hm! hm! hm! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.11

Type: quintetVoice: Br T S S MzLanguage: German

Roles: Papageno/Tamino/Three ladies
30Tutte le feste al tempio Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 3.06-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gilda
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