ELSA BLAND, Soprano, * 16 April 1880 Wien, † 27 September 1935 Wien.

10 Aug

She was a student of Marianne Brandt in Vienna. She debuted in 1903 at the Municipal Theatre of Olomouc (Olomouc) as Leonore in “Fidelio.” Other commitments: 1903-04 City Theatre Magdeburg, 1904-1905 Court Theatre Altenburg (Thuringia) in 1905 guest appearance at the Vienna Court Opera, to which she was for the years 1905-08 Member of the opera house. In 1910, she appeared at the Teatro Regio in Turin with the premiere of the opera “La Festa del Grano” Fino of Giocondo. She came again in 1912 for one season (February-October) back to the Vienna Court Opera. In 1912-1913 sang at the German Opera House Berlin, etc. Leonore in “Fidelio,” and Martha in “lowland” by E. d’Albert. Then she went on, as before, numerous guest appearances, the 1908 at the Opera House in Riga, 1910 at the Opera House in Brno (Brno), 1911 at the Covent Garden Opera in London (as Amelia in Verdi’s “Masked Ball”). Other guest appearances on the 1910-1911 La Scala and the Teatro Regio of Parma, 1910 at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome (in “La Festa del Grano” of Fino Giario). In 1909 and 1911 she sang at the Teatro Regio Torino as Isolde in “Tristan”, on 20 November 1910, the title role in the world premiere of the opera “Semirâma” by Ottorino Respighi at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna. In the years 1920-1924 she returned as a guest at the Vienna State Opera, 1919 she performed at the Municipal Theatre of Basel, 1923 at the Teatro Colon of Buenos Aires as Elektra by R. Strauss and Wagner roles, as in 1923 in Rio de Janeiro “as Isolde, Brünnhilde as in” Valkyrie, and as Elektra by R. Strauss. Other theater credits include: Aida, Tosca, Elsa “in” Lohengrin, the Queen of Sheba in the eponymous opera by Goldmark, Salome by R. Strauss and Rosalinde in “bat”. She later lived in Vienna as a singing teacher. She was married to the Austrian captain Barthelmus. – Beautiful sound dramatic soprano voice.

From the artist’s numerous recordings on the G & T brand, Columbia, HMV, Pathé and Odeon present, including duets with Leo Slezak interesting, even Edison cylinder (Vienna, 1907).

as Elisabeth

as Elisabeth

as Elisabeth

as Santuzza Wien 1906 (Collection G&K)

as Fidelio with Dux a.o. Berlin 1912 (Collection G&K)

as ? Montevideo 1923

Portrait 1907

Portrait 1907


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