The Austrian soprano, Anny Felbermayer, studied at the Vienna’s Musikakademie with Josef Witt and Elizabeth Rado. She won the Ceborati Prize in Vienna as well as singing competitions in Geneva and Verviers.
In 1951 Anny Felbermayer was appointed it to the Wiener Staatsoper, whose member she remained until 1982. Since 1952 she appeared for some successive years at the Salzburg Festival. There she sang in 1952 and 1956-1957 Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro as well as roles in portions in the Zauberflöte and in the premiere of the opera Die Liebe der Danaë by R. Strauss (August 1952 as Xanthe). In 1956 she participated in this festival in Mozart’s Idomeneo, in 1957 in Elektra by R. Strauss. She appeared as a guest, among other things, at Milan’s La Scala and at the opera (Théâtre de la Monnaie) of Brussels, at the Teatro Liceo Barcelona and at the Stadttheater of Graz.
As a beautifully formed, lyric soprano, Anny Felbermayer appeared on the stage in multiple roles, such as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, as Pamina in Zauberflöte, as Marzelline in Fidelio, as Ighino in Palestrina by Hans Pfitzner, as Nannetta in Falstaff by Verdi, in addition in numerous smaller roles. In the concert hall she excelled particularly as an oratorio singer.
Recordings: Decca (Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro, small roles in Rosenkavalier, Ariadne auf Naxos, Frau ohne Schatten, Freischütz), Columbia (Zdenka in Arabella, Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro, Hänsel und Gretel), Cetra (Elektra, Salzburg 1957), beautiful oratorio and Lieder recordings on Amadeo-Vanguard.
Courtesy: Bach Cantatas Website