Erna Sack

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Erna Dorothea Luise Sack , née Weber (born February 6, 1898 in Spandau , † March 2, 1972 in Mainz ) was a German opera singer . Her soprano voice reached extreme heights.


Erna Sack is one of the most important German sopranos of the 20th century.

After her vocal training in Prague and Berlin , Erna Sack was hired as a trainee at the Berlin State Opera in 1928, where she took on small mezzo-soprano and soubrette roles . In 1930 she went to the city theater in Bielefeld as a coloratura soprano , where she experienced her artistic breakthrough. From 1932 she appeared at the State Theater in Wiesbaden , from 1934 at the Opera House in Breslau and from 1935 at the State Opera in Dresden , where she was engaged until 1941. Here Erna Sack sang the role of Isotta in the world premiere of Richard Strauss's opera Die Schweigsame Frau in 1935 . In 1933 she made an extremely successful guest appearance at the State Opera in Berlin, in the following years shone in Milan , Vienna , Paris , London , Hamburg and Munich as well as at the Salzburg Festival, and in 1936 embarked on her first glamorous tour of North America . In 1936 she played in Flowers from Nice (among others with Paul Kemp , Karl Schönböck and Jane Tilden ) and in 1938 Erna Sack took on the leading role in the operetta adaptation Nanon at the side of Johannes Heesters .

During the Second World War Erna Sack worked mainly in Sweden , Switzerland and Turkey . In 1947 she began a five-year world tour in Brazil through South America , Australia , South Africa and Canada . As a song interpreter, she emerged together with the pianist Sebastian Peschko . Erna Sack's voice was able to reach the pitch of the four-stroke "c" , an extremely high note, which only very few female singers can do.

She died in 1972 during cancer surgery. She found her final resting place in the Südfriedhof in Wiesbaden . In Dresden, Erna-Sack-Strasse commemorates the singer. There is also an Erna-Sack-Strasse in Staaken (district of Berlin-Spandau ), and since August 2011 there is also one in Heuchelheim (Hesse) , the place where her husband comes from.

Café Schreyer, located in Schorndorf, named the house specialty after Erna Sack.

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  • Wilibald Gurlitt , Carl Dahlhaus (ed.): Riemann Music Lexicon. In three volumes and two supplementary volumes. Sack, Erna Dorothea. 12th completely revised edition. 2. Person part L – ZB Schotts-Söhne, Mainz 1961, p. 563 (first edition: 1882).

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Individual evidence

  1. Kai-Uwe von Hollen and Hans-Jörg Dietsche: A "German nightingale". The singer Erna Sack , in: Bärbel Sunderbrink (Ed.): Women in the Bielefelder Geschichte , Bielefeld 2010, pp. 240-251.
  2. Named as Carl Schönbeck in the opening credits of the film .
  3. The grave of Erna Sack .
  4. CAFE SCHREYER. Accessed December 31, 2019 .
  5. ^ Age, hometown, biography of Erna Sack. Accessed December 31, 2019 .