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date: 22 November 2019

Ivogün, Maria [Kempner, Ilse]locked

  • Alan Blyth

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[Kempner, Ilse ]

(b Budapest, 18 Nov 1891; d Beatenberg, Switzerland, 2 Oct 1987). Hungarian soprano. She was the daughter of the singer Ida von Günther, from whom she derived her own stage name. Heard by Bruno Walter at an unsuccessful audition for the Vienna Hofoper, she was instantly engaged for Munich, where she appeared in 1913, first as Mimì and then as the Queen of Night. She remained at Munich until 1925, singing such roles as Konstanze, Zerbinetta (in which Strauss described her as ‘simply unique and without rival’), Zerlina, Marzelline, Norina, Gilda, Oscar (Un ballo in maschera) and Nannetta, often performing opposite her first husband, the tenor karl Erb, with whom she also recorded duets at that period. In 1917 she sang the part of Ighino at the première of Pfitzner’s Palestrina (with Erb in the title role), and two years later she created the title part in the same composer’s ...

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