Anny Schlemm

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Anny Schlemm (born February 22, 1929 in Neu-Isenburg ) is a German operetta and opera singer with the soprano voice .


Anny Schlemm's father, Friedrich Schlemm, was a choir singer at the Frankfurt Opera. In 1941 the family moved to Halle (Saale) because of a commitment from their father . There she received her first singing training. In June 1946 she made her debut at the Landestheater Halle as Bastienne in Mozart's opera Bastien and Bastienne . Two years later she was engaged by Ernst Legal at the Berlin State Opera and at the same time by Artistic Director Walter Felsenstein for the Komische Oper Berlin . In Berlin she was taught by Erna Westenberger . In 1950/51 Anny Schlemm belonged to the opera ensemble of the Cologne Municipal Theaters . She was then committed to the Frankfurt Opera and appointed chamber singer in 1963.

Anny Schlemm's repertoire ranged from Saffi to Zerlina, from Rosalinde to Pagen Cherubino, from Manon to Arabella . Her vocal and acting breadth led to guest appearances on numerous stages worldwide. She sang in Munich, Stuttgart, Hanover, Hamburg, Cologne, Moscow, Düsseldorf, Dresden and Vienna, as well as in Amsterdam, Geneva, Paris, London, Stockholm, Toronto and San Francisco. She was also a guest at the Schwetzingen, Edinburgh and Glyndebourne Festivals. From 1978 to 1985, she embodied annually at the Bayreuth Festival , the Mary in Richard Wagner's Flying Dutchman (one that arose in the last year record of copper's production bears witness).

The operetta recordings also form an important part of her work. In the 1950s, the soprano made numerous recordings with the conductor Franz Marszalek at WDR Cologne , some of which have not been preserved.

As Anny Schlemm changed in later years the mezzo and alto tray, she sang such roles as the Herodias in Strauss ' Salome , the old Buryja in Janáček's Jenufa (premiere on 24 February 2002 at the Vienna State Opera ), Mrs. Quickly in Giuseppe Verdi's Falstaff , the aging Countess in Peter Tchaikovsky's Queen of Spades , and the mother in Wolfgang Fortner's Blood Wedding . In the latter opera, Anny Schlemm sang the role of the bride at a young age in a Stuttgart production in 1964, Martha Mödl that of the mother.

In 1989, the artist took part in the world premiere of John Cages Europeras 1 & 2 and celebrated successes in over 175 performances as Klytämnestra in Richard Strauss ' opera Elektra . One of her last roles was that of Mama Lucia in Pietro Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana , which she sang at the Frankfurt Opera in the 2002/2003 season. Numerous recordings complete her artistic activity.

Anny Schlemm can look back on almost sixty years of stage presence. During this time her voice changed from the lyrical and youthful-dramatic soprano to the mezzo-subject to the dramatic alto. In total, she embodied more than 135 roles in the course of her singing career.

The artist was temporarily married to the conductor Wolfgang Rennert (1922–2012). The jazz musician Uli Rennert (* 1960) emerged from the marriage. Anny Schlemm has lived with her son in Graz ( Austria ) since 2007 .


In 1996 Anny Schlemm was made an honorary member of the Halle Opera House on the occasion of her guest appearance as Barbaricha in Nikolai Rimski-Korsakov's fairy tale of Tsar Saltan . The singer is also an honorary member of the Komische Oper Berlin (1998) and the Oper Frankfurt (1999).

In 2000 she received the Joana Maria Gorvin Prize for her outstanding art of representation . The city of Neu-Isenburg made her an honorary citizen. In Neu-Isenburg there is an association that deals with the artistic work of Anny Schlemm, the Franz Völker Anny Schlemm Gesellschaft e. V. Neu-Isenburg. The company has so far released the following CDs:

  • Anny Schlemm - Opera and Operetta (double CD)
  • Anny Schlemm - Opera and Operetta, Part 2
  • Anny Schlemm - On her 80th birthday

In December 2012, the city of Neu-Isenburg put a brass plaque on the gate of Anny Schlemm's former home at Graf-Folke-Bernadotte-Strasse 12 in Neu-Isenburg, which reminds of the honorary citizen, but which has since been removed.

Discography (selection)



  • Karl-Josef Kutsch , Leo Riemens : Large singer lexicon . Second volume: MZ. Bern 1987, Col. 2634.
  • Karl-Josef Kutsch, Leo Riemens: Large singer lexicon. Supplementary volume. Bern 1991, column 1170.
  • E. Pluta: comedic veteran. Anny Schlemm, the great singer actress, turns 75. In: Opernwelt Heft 2, 2004.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Juliane Mroz: City honors Anny Schlemm . In: Frankfurter Rundschau. December 17, 2012. Retrieved December 21, 2012.