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Trudeliese Schmidt (7 November 1942 âˆ’ 24 June 2004) was a German operatic mezzo-soprano who had an international career, performing at major opera houses and festivals in Europe. The singer with a remarkable stage presence excelled in trouser roles such as Cherubino, Idamante, HÃ¤nsel, Octavian and the composer in Ariadne auf Naxos. She performed in premieres of operas by Isang Yun and Manfred Trojahn.
Born in SaarbrÃ¼cken, Schmidt studied voice and made her debut at the SaarbrÃ¼cken Opera as HÃ¤nsel in Humperdinck's HÃ¤nsel und Gretel. She became a member of the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden and in 1969 of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein. The same year, she performed at the Staatstheater NÃ¼rnberg in the premiere of Isang Yun's opera TrÃ¤ume (Dreams). She toured Japan with the Bayerische Staatsoper in 1974.
Schmidt performed at the Bayreuth Festival from 1975, as Wellgunde in Das Rheingold and GÃ¶tterdÃ¤mmerung, later also as Grimgerde in Die WalkÃ¼re and in smaller parts in Parsifal. She appeared at the Salzburg Festival from 1974 to 1995, in parts such as the Zweite Dame in Mozart's Die ZauberflÃ¶te, the composer in Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss (1979â€“82), Clairon in his Capriccio (1985â€“87), Cherubino in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro (1980), Idamante in his Idomeneo (1983â€“84), Meg Page in Verdi's Falstaff (1991) and Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro (1995).