A German born in Jarotschin (now Poland), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
(1915-2006) was one of the outstanding sopranos of the period after World War II.
More than 150 archive films serve up superb performances by the likes of Tito Gobbi, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
, and Maria Callas.
While audiences may have been slow to embrace Capriccio, the opera (or, at least, the Countess's final monologue) has always been a favourite with sopranos, from Viorica Ursuleac (who created the role of Madeleine), Lisa Della Casa and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
through Gundula janowitz, Lucia Popp and Elisabeth Soderstrom to Felicty Lott and Kiri Te Kanawa, among others.
called him “a born god who has it all.”
Fleming studied at SUNY and developed her early reputation by singing Gershwin with the New Harlem Symphony Orchestra before joining the Julliard School where she won a Fulbright Scholarship to work in Europe with Arleen Auger and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
O N Halloween night in 1963, CBC Television broadcast the Orchestre de Radio-Canada in a program called "A Viennese Evening." The legendary German soprano Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
and Austrian conductor Willi Boskovsky, known for his operetta recordings, were guest artists.
Nor that the legendary Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
's quality of singing was showing any serious declined
The orchestra is the Philharmonia, at that time only recently created by producer Walter Legge in order to be the Rolls Royce of orchestras (with a hidden agenda to accompany Legge's wife, soprano Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
), and it shows its class, particularly with the eloquent strings.
These range from that most serene of sopranos, Dame Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
, to that most undiplomatic of diplomats, the acerbic Jeanne Kirkpatrick, as well as the great economist, Milton Friedman, the much under-rated US President Gerald Ford and the reclusive novelist, Dame Muriel Spark.
They did, however, engage big names such as Beecham, Boult, Clifford Curzon and even Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
Actor Glenn Ford, 90' soprano Elisabeth Schwarzkopf