Lucia Popp


Lucia Popp

Lucia Popp (born Lucia Poppová) (November 12, 1939 Záhorská Ves, SlovakiaNovember 16, 1993 Munich, Germany) was a Slovak noted operatic soprano . She began her career as a soubrette soprano, and later moved into the light-lyric and lyric coloratura soprano repertoire and then the lighter Richard Strauss and Wagner operas. Her career included performances at Vienna State Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, and La Scala. Popp was also a highly-regarded recitalist and lieder singer. Twice married, Popp died of brain cancer in 1993 on Munich, at the age of 54. She was buried in Cintorín Slávičie údolie, Bratislava.

Operatic career

Popp initially entered the Bratislava Academy to study drama. While she began her vocal lessons during this period as a mezzo-soprano, her voice developed a high upper register to the degree that her professional debut was as Mozart’s Queen of the Night in "Die Zauberflote" in Bratislava, a role she revived in a 1963 production directed by Otto Klemperer. In 1963, Herbert von Karajan invited her to join the Vienna State Opera, where she debuted as Barbarina in Mozart’s "Le Nozze di Figaro". Popp had strong ties to the Vienna State Opera throughout her career, and in 1979 was named an Austrian "Kammersängerin". She made her Covent Garden debut in 1966 as Oscar in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera", and her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1967 as the Queen of the Night (production by Marc Chagall).

During the 1970s, Popp turned from coloratura roles to lyric ones. Then, in the 1980s, she added heavier roles to her repertoire, such as Eva in Wagner's "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg". As a result of this vocal progression, Popp sang various roles in the same opera at different stages in her career, including Zdenka and Arabella in Richard Strauss's "Arabella"; Susanna and Contessa in Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro"; Queen of the Night and Pamina in Mozart's "Die Zauberflote"; Zerlina, Donna Elvira, and later Donna Anna in Mozart's "Don Giovanni"; Adele and Rosalinde in Johann Strauss II's "Die Fledermaus"; Annchen and Agathe in Weber's "Der Freischutz"; and Sophie and the Marschallin in Richard Strauss's "Der Rosenkavalier".

Recordings

Popp rarely recorded roles she did not perform on stage (with a few exceptions, including Elisabeth in Wagner's "Tannhäuser" and the title role in Richard Strauss's "Daphne") The following is a selection of her recordings:
# Mozart: "Le Nozze di Figaro" (as Susanna), with Te Kanawa, von Stade, Allen, Ramey, and Solti (Decca)
# Mozart: "Le Nozze di Figaro" (as Countess Almaviva), with Jose Van Dam, Hendricks, Raimondi, Baltsa, and Marriner (Philips)
# Mozart: "Don Giovanni" (as Zerlina), with Weikl, Sass, M. Price, T. Krause, Solti (Decca)
# Mozart: "Die Zauberflöte" (as Queen of the Night), with Janowitz, Berry, Gedda, Frick, and Klemperer (EMI)
# Mozart: "Die Zauberflöte" (as Pamina), with Jerusalem, Brendel, Zednik, Gruberova and Haitink (EMI)
# Mozart: "Idomeneo" (as Ilia), with Pavarotti, Baltsa, Nucci, Gruberova, and Pritchard (Decca)
# Mozart: "Die Entführung aus dem Serail" (as Blonde, EMI)
# Mozart: "Le Clemenza di Tito" (as Vitellia for Harnoncourt, Teldec; and Servilia for Kertész (Decca) and Davis (Philips)
# Mozart: "Il sogno di Scipione" (as Costanza), with Gruberova, Schreier, Mathis and Hager (Decca)
# Orff: "Carmina Burana" with Unger, Wolansky, Noble, and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos (EMI)
# R. Strauss: "Intermezzo" (as Christine), with Dallapozza, Fischer-Dieskau, Finke and Sawallisch (EMI)
# R. Strauss: "Der Rosenkavalier" (as Sophie), with Domingo, Ludwig, G. Jones, Berry and Bernstein (Sony) (currently not available)
# R. Strauss: "Daphne" (as Daphne), with Goldberg, Schreier, Wenkel, Moll and Haitink (EMI)
# J. Strauss II: "Die Fledermaus" (as Adele), with Varady, Weikl, Kollo, Prey and C. Kleiber (DG)
# J. Strauss II: "Die Fledermaus" (as Rosalinde), with Lind, Baltsa, Seiffert, Brendel, Rydl and Domingo (EMI)
# Beethoven: "Fidelio" (as Marzelline), with Janowitz, Kollo, Sotin, Fischer-Dieskau, Jungwirth and Berstein (DG)
# Humperdinck: "Hansel und Gretel" (as Gretel), with Schlemm, Fassbaender, Gruberová, Hamari, Burrowes, Berry and Solti (Decca)
# Humperdinck: "Hansel und Gretel" (as the Dew Fairy), with Moffo, Donath, Ludwig, Fischer-Dieskau, Berthold, Augér and Eichhorn (RCA)
# Gluck: "Orfeo e Euridice" (as Euridice), with Lipovsek, Kaufmann and Hager (RCA)
# Verdi: "Rigoletto" (as Gilda, RCA)
# Leoncavallo: "La Bohème" (as Mimi, Orfeo)
# Puccini: "Suor Angelica" (as Angelica, RCA)
# Donizetti: "L'elisir d'Amore" (as Adina, RCA)
# Flotow: "Martha" (title role, EMI)
# Janáček: "The Cunning Little Vixen" (as the Vixen), with Randova, Jedlicka, Blachut and Mackerass (Decca)
# Janáček: "Jenůfa" (Decca, Karolka)
# Lehár: "Der Graf von Luxemburg" (EMI).

She also sang Lieder. Hyperion's Schubert Edition contains an album from her (Volume 17), one of her last recordings. She recorded R. Strauss's "Four Last Songs" twice (with Tennstedt for EMI, and Tilson Thomas for Sony, this was also her last recording), Mahler's "Des Knaben Wunderhorn" twice (with Weikl, Tennstedt for EMI, and Schimidt, Bernstein for DG). EMI also issued two albums in the company's 'Red Line' series (Slavonic Arias, and Operetta Arias). Orfeo also has issued several of Popp’s “live” recordings.

External links

* [http://www.bach-cantatas.com/Bio/Popp-Lucia.htm http://www.bach-cantatas.com/Bio/Popp-Lucia.htm]


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